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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

People Actually Watched the Sonic the Hedgehog 2020 Movie?!

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - Well, it's not my glass of milk.

The last time I wrote an article dedicated to the Sonic the Hedgehog movie—and understand that coverage of this movie (mostly through its protagonist design decisions and delay) makes up the majority of Sonic the Hedgehog intellectual property coverage on this website (not counting things related to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which tends to omit Sonic's presence entirely)—I wrote that it won't be a great movie.

The delayed date finally passed, and the movie released over the previous weekend. Apparently, its performance during that weekend made Sonic the Hedgehog the best-performing (in terms of dollar value) videogame adaptation movie ever.

A lot of people are comparing Sonic the Hedgehog to the Detective Pikachu movie, but I've always rejected the comparison. The Detective Pikachu game is terrible with no redeeming qualities, and I'm not sure most movie-watchers knew that it was a specific game. The game only really existed to become a movie, all for a quick Communist cash grab.

For what it's worth—and it's not worth much for videogames but I don't know if that also applies to movies—the critics’ reviews see the Sonic the Hedgehog movie as mediocre. Normal people seem to like it for its feel-good qualities.

A lot of moments from the (second) trailer never actually happened in the movie, so that was fake news. I don't have data or statistics to back this up, but from my experience reading what people are saying about the movie, a plurality of the discussion is around the last two scenes of the movie. One of those scenes briefly appeared at the end of the very first trailer, so I don't consider it a spoiler:

Dr.  Robotnik Eggman Sonic the Hedgehog movie 2020 mushroom world planet game universe self looks
By the end of the movie, Dr. Robotnik ends up looking like his game self in the mushroom planet, after being brought to madness.

Both of the last scenes set up for a sequel hook, and I'm not sure that it's a good thing for a movie that the most-discussed thing is the possibility of a future movie. Like, is the first one not good enough to stand on its own?

As initially predicted, Dr. Robotnik's performance seems to be the highlight of the movie. It doesn't have much to do with the actual games and is missing the ensemble cast that people are attached to the games for. In my view, the more humans added to something, the worse that something tends to get.

Since the Sonic the Hedgehog movie takes place in mostly the United States of America, which is filled with human scum, I don't think it was as enjoyable compared to if it stuck to the source material. I also think that the attention paid to Sonic's design wouldn't be as much of a focus point if he wasn't the only furry creature in the whole movie with extended attention. ...And perhaps that's the point. I don't think it'd be record-breaking if that design controversy never occurred.

The movie's plot is meh. It delves into themes like loneliness vs. companionship. It's for kids with some references in there for older people which may or may not keep anyone's interest. I don't support the notion that kids deserve subpar entertainment, so that's not a winning combination for me. 

Ludwig obviously hasn't watched the movie and he never will. If you did, feel free to give your thoughts in the comments section. Ludwig doesn't care if you spoil it, but other commenters and readers may, so use your best judgment. ...Though there's nothing really interesting to spoil.

That sequel is HAPPENING! And Ludwig gives cringes just seeing the movie get advertised.

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