Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)
Title: Sonic The Hedgehog
Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy|
Runtime: 99 min
Director: Jeff Fowler
Starring: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey
After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help it defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on it.
A NOSTALGIC TRIP WITH A RE-DESIGNED SONIC
We’re all trying to forget that horrible day. The day Paramount Pictures actually released the official trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog. If the director wouldn’t change the design of the main character, it would be death sentence career-wise. But he didn’t. He listened on the fans and the major amount of critical response online on social media which made him rework the design and the release date was initially moved. And that is one of the reasons this film was a successful hit once it was released.
Similar to Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019), the film that Warner Bros had released in May 2019, this new film also involved with a young man conversing and interacting with a digitally animated character. The voice-acting for the character is good. Enough to capture the spirit of the character and making the essence of Sonic more trustworthy. James Marsden tries hard to make his performance in this work, yet it goes out of the place occasionally and the overall feeling doesn’t make it good. Marsden performance gives this film more of a horrible rom-com feeling than an action-adventure for children and young adults.
And then there’s Jim Carrey as Dr Eggman, more known as Dr Robotnik in the film. He has better performance but he’s probably one of the few who manage to play this sociopathic and neurotic antagonist in an entertaining manner. One of the few actors who can manage to be serious but not too dark either. This is not Carrey’s best work but his capability to enhance his performance is world-known and for this film, he’s a force to be reckoned with. The whole structure of the film is rather weak, and the initial plot for it to work doesn’t give the narrative that works, yet it’s entertaining. Entertaining in the way that you don’t need to think much when you see it. It’s entertaining for the moment and definitely a cash-grab.
The visual effects, besides the design on Sonic, is not all good. It’s more like that these filmmakers didn’t focus all energy on everything but to only the title character. The design of Sonic works yet everything else with the robots and the drones is more of a copy and paste-technic and doesn’t all feel interactive with the fictional world of the narrative.
Compared to Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, this fell flattered. In Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, there’s more emotional involvement but in this film, it goes down more to helping each other and being family-friendy. That was something that worked with Pokemon: Detective Pikachu where it was personal and interactive as Ryan Reynold’s good performance elevated that film and gave Pikachu a more sophistic touch. It had flaws, yes but it did connect with me on a personal level than this was. It was nostalgia for sure to revisit the environment and characters of Sonic’s world, but it didn’t surely fulfil a better purpose.
However, this is a kids film. A film is more suitable for children. So, it could at least be entertaining and worthwhile for them, if they appreciate this film.