I saw the Sonic Movie last night. And it was pretty much how I expected. Spoiler free (assuming you've seen the trailers) thought below.
Firstly, I wanna say up front I did have fun. Looking at the film objectively, it’s a decent, run-of the mill ‘live action human befriends a CGI critter’ film. Not amazing, but certainly far from bad. What really buoys it up is Jim Carrey having a blast as Robotnik. So if you’re a Jim Carrey fan, that’s gonna be a big boost for the film.
For Sonic fans, Sonic himself is treated with heart. He’s different to regular Sonic, but in a way that makes sense for the film, and the core of his character is still there. One thing that did surprise me is how small scale it is, given all the big event superhero films, and the kinda threats Sonic usually goes up against. But here it’s just Sonic trying to escape Robotnik. And to be honest, I liked it. It was a nice change of pace. And seeing as the film is pretty much 'Sonic Origins' it fits.
While there are a fair few small niggles I have with the film, there’s only on big one. And that’s how generic it is. Given how unique and crazy some of the Sonic lore is, seeing it just be a standard ‘human/critter’ film was disappointing. But having said that, the final scene, and the mid-credit teaser, pretty much scream that if there is a sequel, the crazy is coming with it.
And that was my biggest surprise from the film. While my response to the film was ‘yeah, it’s fun’ the main thing I took away is that I am HYPED for the sequel. Here’s hoping it makes enough to get one.
Which brings me to the 'should you see it?' question. Yes! You should. Even if the aforementioned generic 'man and his CGI pal' plot is off-putting, even if you think you hate that, please, go see it. Because the more money it makes, the more likely that sequel will come, the more likely that sequel will get a good budget, and the more likely we'll a proper, full blown Sonic The Hedgehog film.
Zzzzzz.... Are there still zombies? There are.. oh... *goes back to sleep*
Sorry, I've been keeping abreast of what's happening. But the whole zombot thing is just so off-putting for me. And, tbh, the worst things get in story, the lower the stakes become to me. Because the more likely it is that the final cure will be a complete reset button with utterly ZERO lasting effects.
This is like when Shadow died in the Archie crossover. It didn't raise the stakes. It signalled 'NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER!'