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Gotta go fast
Video game movies get a bad reputation, and for good reason. For the longest time, they have been focus grouped cash-grabs made by people who do not actually show any regard for the subject matter. They simply see a market for it and produce a subpar product for profit, without any passion for it.
Thankfully in recent years, I have seen a change in this dynamic. Filmmakers are growing up with the subject matter and dream of one day adapting them for the big screen. Younger filmmakers are coming in and providing fresh perspectives, as well as an actual passion for making a quality film that will appeal to fans and newcomers alike.
Last year’s Detective Pikachu was the first example I saw of a video game adaptation done right, and this trend continues with Sonic The Hedgehog.
The film has an incredibly self aware nature to it, which does itself a huge favour. The film is also extremely well-paced and contains an energy to it which is very akin to the titular character. The cast does a fine job with great voice work from Ben Schwartz; however, the standout performance has to be from Jim Carrey, who gives it his all as Dr. Robotnik.
Prior to the film’s release there was a “controversial” design for Sonic which has since been changed. The only major gripe I have with the film is that they played it extremely safe with its storyline; however I feel there will be a lot more to do in the sequel.
All in all, Sonic The Hedgehog is a fun time at the movies.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 10 on February 26th, 2020