The live-action Mario movie is like a giant scab on your knee. It's gross, and an eyesore, yet for whatever reason many of us just can't resist picking at it.
The Mario movie we ended up with in 1993 was nothing like the games it was based on. An earlier draft for the film, however, was a lot more faithful.
Considering its budget, the popularity of the franchise and its accomplished cast, 1993's Super Mario Bros. is—relatively—surely the most disappointing video game movie of all time. Still, train wreck that it is, we can't help but keep on looking at it, even after all these years.
There's a reason most people remember The Super Mario Bros. Super Show or The Wizard when they think of ‘90s Hollywood adaptations of Nintendo properties: because if they didn't they'd be left only with Super Mario Bros: The Movie, the 1993 monstrosity starring Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper, a film only vaguely…