It seems like every year we get a new movie or two based on popular video games. It also seems like every single one of them has flopped! Are these video game movies as bad as we think they are, and if so, why do studios keep making them?
Before we get into that, however, I want to make a quick distinction. Movies like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Wreck it Ralph, and Ready Player One do not fall into this category. While it’s true that the phrase “Video Game Movie” does describe them, I’m talking about movies that are based off of video games, not about video games.
Lets go back to 1993, where we get the first ever movie based on a video game, Super Mario Bros.
A movie where two regular New Yorker plumber brothers accidentally get…
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