Super Mario Brothers was a staple of my childhood. My little brother and I once spent an entire summer completing that map in Super Mario 3 -- I know you know the one I’m talking about. Anyway, I can’t help but get nostalgic when I think of Mario and Luigi and all of their overall-wearing, brick-breaking, flame-throwing awesomeness.
Writer and director Evan Daugherty decided to take this happy childhood favorite and reimagine Mario like it was real -- and dark and gritty as all get out. Because there’s not really anything happy about an addiction to mushrooms, or flowers that light you on fire, or a woman being held captive by a reptile.