Sonic the Hedgehog Review The Buff and The Blazer
If you were born sometime after the early 90s, Sonic the Hedgehog is a title that may be unfamiliar. For others, Sonic is memorable because of the Sega Genesis video game console. Whatever the case may be, Sonic the Hedgehog for the most part, is a distant memory. The character has not been prominent in the public eye for quite some time. There is also a large chunk of the population now, that has no idea who Sonic is. All these factors made the character’s entry into live action film a very risky move. Yet despite that, Paramount took the gamble. Even though it stumbled a bit out of the gate, Sonic the Hedgehog has now broken the opening weekend box-office record for a video game adaptation and has become one of our favorite films of 2020 so far.
In early 2019, principle photography wrapped and post-production on Sonic the Hedgehog was well underway. As the release date approached, the first trailer was debuted to the entire world. Immediately after, the collective screams and anger of fans could be heard throughout the web and on social media. Sonic did not resemble the beloved video game character that fans remembered. To the credit of Director Jeff Fowler, after addressing the fans, he and the artists literally went back to the drawing board. Several months later, the newly animated Sonic (closely resembling the video game character) was featured in a brand-new trailer. Sonic was back.
Even though the filmmakers nailed his look, Sonic still had to work as a walking, talking, character in live action. The trailers presented Sonic as an overly sarcastic and possibly annoying character. Those elements could have easily turned prospective filmgoers off or at the very least, made them extremely hesitant about buying a ticket. The way Sonic was actually handled in the film however, was completely different.
Writers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller crafted a backstory that laid the foundation for fans to completely fall in love with him. In the film, the only thing Sonic longs for is to have friends and to be part of a family. He wants to belong. Those simple core, human desires allow for anyone watching, to immediately empathize with him. Even with all those qualities, Sonic still maintains his free-spirited, funny and extremely cool characteristics. The writers and Director Jeff Fowler masterfully weaved each of those elements seamlessly together to give the fans a character they can root for.
All the emotion and development established in the beginning of the film, sets up a huge payoff at the end. Sealed with a simple high-five, the journey filled with comedy, action and heart, culminates in a wonderful finish.
The filmmakers have crafted a movie that will leave you feeling like a kid again. Whether you are child of the 90s, a child of today or are just looking for a fun story to warm your heart, Sonic the Hedgehog is for you. At the very least, you will leave the theater feeling like you’ve found a new, furry blue friend.
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