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!'
Storm's eyes looked around, resting on the trainers who were fawning over their new pokemon. With a smile, he stepped inside and away from the doors quietly, not wanting to disturb the precious moment between trainer and pokemon. His eyes met the surprised ones of the Professor, but Storm just gave a small smile and a nod.
The Professor turned back from the door, shaking his head at his assistants blunt yell. Meanwhile, nurse Joy headed over towards Amber. The young girl had given another cry as her egg had started to crack.
At first, the young vulpine’s eyes narrowed somewhat at the Hedgehogs comment. But then his face broke into a proud grin as his work was praised.
“Thanks, it’s the first time I’ve been allowed to do work,” he blurted out without thinking. He quickly continued, hoping the Hedgehog didn’t notice what he’d said. “Uh… you said you needed help? What’s your name?” Tails asked, his namesakes wagging nervously behind him.
Robotnik, Wing Fortress Repair Bay
Robotnik looked down at where Gamma’s arm had clamped to his own.
“At least your damaged memory banks remember who is in change,” he muttered slightly irritated. “Now Gamma, listen carefully. I don’t know what happened down there, but you lost one of the biggest prizes this world has to offer. Fail me again, and you’re on the scrapheap, understand?”
He turned away from the robot as Zero arrived. Out of the corner of his eye, Robotnik noticed the service robots rearming Beta. “Well Zero, what is it?”
“You wanted reports of any Mobians displaying unusual abilities. We have detected one in Casino Night Zone,” Zero reported, handing over a tablet to the rotund Doctor.
“We have?” exclaimed the Doctor with a twisted grin. He watched the video playback, watching the green Canary tear one of the prison pods apart with her bare hands. He shifted to the current video feeds, seeing the canary still there, with a group of other Mobians.
“New orders Zero. Instruct all forces in Casino Night Zone that capturing that Canary is now Priority One. And those with her as Secondary Objectives.”
Casino Night Zone
Across the city, the robots disengaged from their current tasks as they turned and headed towards the city centre, intent on capturing Tekno and those with her.
Skye, Feral Forest
“I’m NOT a kid!” Skye shot back a little angrily as they ran. “You… really have no idea what’s going on, do you?” The wolf was quiet for a moment as she caught her breath. “That pod… it turns people and creatures into robots like the ones we fought. And they fell all over the world last night.” She took another gasp, running hard. “Mobotropolis, that’s where they’re heading. It will be safe there. Unless…. Unless that is where HE is heading…”
Sleet and Dingo, Mobotropolis
Two guards rushed down the hall towards the throne room. The seemed surprised to find Johnny in the corridor. One headed past, the other walked right up to the rabbit and confronted him. “You! What are you doing here? Civilians are not allowed in this area of the palace. Leave now!” he demanded.
The other guard almost slammed open the doors to the throne room.
“Sire, the radio reports,” he gasped, his fear overwhelming the usual decorum. “We received one message from Feral Forest saying it was under attack, we’ve lost all contact with Casino Night Zone itself. And… our agents outside the city… they manged to get one message through…” The guard gasped for breath. “The city is under attack. A massive ship from the sky, and armoured soldiers, twice the size of any Mobian. They were trying to capture as many Mobians as they could.”
“War is indeed coming,” said King Acorn grimly. “If they have stuck Casino Night Zone, we will undoubtedly be next.” Seemingly calm, he turned to the Captain of the Guard. “Alert every solider. And begin preparations for an evacuation. But do not warn the civilians yet. Do not create a panic if there is no need.” The Guard bowed and headed out.
“As for you two,” the King continued, turning to Sleet and Dingo. “Your ship, how potent is it?” Sleet considered for a moment.
“It is the match of anything in the skies, and can outfly any biplane. However, against the behemoths this Robotnik has, I suspect it would be as much use as a balloon.”
“You are saying these large… airships are too powerful to stand against?” the King asked.
Not sure it counts, but I've recently just started trying out Magic the Gathering Arena. An online version of the MtG card game. For those who don't know, you play a powerful spellcaster known as a Planeswalker, and you cast spells and creatures from a selection of five colours of magic. Green, which is nature and big creatures, Red, passion and lots of aggression and fire based spells, Blue, which is logic and all about control, White, which is law and order, and the tanky protection type, and Black, pragmatism and a lot of undead. Up until now, I've always thought of myself as a Green/Red player. But, having tried out all the sample decks, I found that the Black deck playstyle came... really naturally and was a lot of fun.... uhhhh....