Plus side: Much less jarring than I feared it would be. Actually looks and feels, for the most part, like a straight up film adaptation of the games, but with enough movie-specific embellishment to make it unique and fun. Which is great IMO. I feel like I can definitely watch and probably enjoy this movie. So long as it doesn't incorporate any Chip'n'Dale style meta real world adult humor, I'm good with this approach personally. Down side: This is probably something I'll just get used to, but the way in which they've animated the faces to be similar to the voice actors (Bowser's cheeks and smile style are totally Jack Black, Mario is a cartoonified version of Chris Pratt's facial expressions if you look closely, etc.) is a little bit much for me. And while I liked 99% of the voice acting we heard, it's going to be very very hard for me to adjust to Mario sounding like just straight up Chris Pratt doing the thinnest possible Brooklyn style Italian accent in some scenes, and just plain Chris Pratt in others apparently. ("What is this place?" was literally just Chris Pratt to me.) Overall: Much better than I feared, and I'll happily watch it when I can next year. And I hope we get some sort of game to capitalize on it, too. General musing: I think the challenge any supremely popular video game IP faces with film adaptations is that many of them, like Mario, are old enough and psychologically entrenched enough within us from an early age, that any even minor deviation from what we're accustomed to in them can feel far more amplified and distinctive than they would in any other context (such as a book adaptation.) Because video games are so audiovisually distinct, and we replay them so many times, they are drilled into our brains and we're all sort of visual and aural experts in what we think they "should" look and sound like. I think we kind of have to very consciously resist that impulse in order to get into these movies, and I don't think the majority of audiences will do that. But the alternative is to make it too similar, which also isn't going to be satisfying to moviegoers IMO. It's a conundrum other media don't face. And I think this movie looks like it's walking that tightrope pretty well.