Posted on 3/24/10 11:01 PM
Yes, the Wizard is nothing but and hour and a half long commercial. But I find it redeemable because of these four little words:
Super Mario Bros. 3.
Yes, what this 100-minute movie truly boils down to is advertisement for what is/was/forever will be one of the greatest video games ever created.
That alone prevents the movie from being horrible.
Now the rest of the film is forgettable at best. The film follows three children, yet never conjures a childlike sense of wonder or adventure, the characters aren't memorable and there's not a shred of quotable dialog (sans the video game tournament's host's announcement of Super Mario Bros. 3).
The game also holds some inaccuracies as to how a lot of video games are played.
Though another aspect of the movie I suppose I would say I enjoy is its depiction of video games being able to bring people together. It was an aspect 2D video games seemed to be abound in, but lost once games tried to become more gritty, realistic and mature (read as ugly, juvenile and immature). The Nintendo Wii seems to have brought back this family aspect of games (along with the creative aspect), but it gets flak for it. A sad sign of the current state of the gaming community.
I know I'm getting sidetracked. But I'm talking about The Wizard here. And with me The Wizard always leads to Super Mario Bros. 3, which in turn leads into one of my famous (infamous?) video game rants.
Plus, as I said before, the plot of the movie itself is lacking in memorability, and it only stands out because it introduced Americans to Super Mario Bros. 3.
The Wizard really isn't a good movie on its own merits, but it certainly paid off as advertisement! Super Mario Bros. 3 went on to become the best-selling, stand-alone, non-bundled video game in history.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go break out the Wii Virtual Console and play me some Super Mario Bros. 3!