If Nick Gregorio had directed the original Super Mario Bros movie, it may have actually been watchable. Instead, we ended up with a dumpster fire on the big screen that featured the likes of Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo — both of which would have made stellar mobsters if they’d gone the Goodfellas angle of Gregorio’s short.
It’s too late for the original, but Gregorio’s Scorsese-inspired vision of the classic Nintendo franchise is nothing short of incredible.
Plumbers can only climb so high in Brooklyn. Mario and Luigi are looking to fly.
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So starts the violent and drug-fueled seven minute trailer of ‘GoodPlumbas.’ Luigi takes on the role of Ray Liota’s Henry Hill. Yoshi is a Japanese vixen that seems to have dipped heavily into a Tarantino movie or two. Toad is a coke-snorting fixer and Princess Peach? Well, she’s a mess.
The villains make an appearance too. The Mushroom Kingdom is run by a tatted Koopa hell-bent on destruction (Bowser); bob-ombs are now Bobby Bombs and Bullet Bill, well he’s still Bullet Bill, only now he’s yucking it up on a bar stool rather than being shot out of a cannon.
Goodfellas remakes are a dime-a-dozen on YouTube, but the execution of this short makes that worth ignoring.