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Parody isn't Dead
Parody in film and television seems to have become droll in the last decade or two. Most parodies seem to fail to understand the thing they're parodying, or they don't care about quality, or they don't bother to stand on their own. Around the time Mario Warfare was gracing our computer screens, Movie 43, the Starving Games, A Haunted House, and Scary Movie V were coming to a theater near you. How great it was to see a couple of passionate guys completely trounce no-effort Hollywood schlock.
Mario Warfare has plenty of flaws. The sound editing's a little off, the acting's kinda hammy, and there are a lot of jokes that don't quite fit the tone. But, I would say most of these problems actually add to the movie (except for the sound and the ADR). This parody is spot-on.
Mario Warfare pays tribute to its source material (Nintendo games) while still being incredibly enjoyable if you don't get all the jokes. The fight scenes in this film are absolutely spectacular. The choreography is so good. The only problem is that everyone seems to be able to take more damage than seems humanly possible.
This is a fantastic parody for all Mario fans, though it can get a little graphically violent, so it's not for little kids. I absolutely love this fan film, from the hammy acting and cheesy jokes and references. It's just a beautiful, passionate piece of parody!
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