A Video-Game Movie Adaptation of Sonic The Hedgehog, a character that for a lot of older people has become a viral meme and for younger audiences is just some retro character from the past. It almost seemed like no one (except a small percentage of hardcore fans) asked for a Sonic movie and not a lot of people really cared for one either.
Nether-less the film got announced and a first trailer was released, it broke the internet. The internet was in uproar that the design of Sonic himself was a thing of nightmares, created by satan himself and must be destroyed by any means neccesary.
It’s rare the internet comes together and agrees on something so to be honest it was quite the sight. (the internet reaction, not sonic, that really was awful)
Anyway, the studio actually took the reaction on board, delayed the release date and got to work. Eventually releasing a new trailer and version of sonic that actually looked… quite alright?
Now as if like some ‘Ghost of Video Game Adaptation Present’ we’re here in 2020 and Sonic is on track break box office records and make $65 million in it’s opening weekend, potentially beating the $54 million record set by Detective Pikachu for the best three-day domestic opening for a video-game movie. Wow.
Compare this to the recent Box office disappointment of DC’s Harley Quinn and the Birds Of Prey, this makes it even more significant.
On top of the current box office success, reviews are piling in and they’re genuinely positive, gaining a 63% critics score and an impressive 95% audience score via Rotten Tomatoes.
Sonic has surprised and impressed audiences across the globe. However, is the Sonic film actually worth watching, and more interestingly are video game movie adaptations on the rise?
Is Sonic The Hedgehog A Good Movie?
In terms of our own thoughts on Sonic The Hedgehog, we were also very much surprised. At no point was this a film that we genuinely thought we would enjoy, but we truly did.
Ok, so it’s far from perfect. After all, It’s a film about Sonic The Hedgehog for god sake.
Yet it’s a film that’s thoroughly entertaining, packed with laughs, likeable characters, great action and an adorable Sonic. (Thank god they changed that design ay)
When you really think about it, It’s uncertain what more audiences would want from a live-action Sonic The Hedgehog film.
The film is so much more than a super-fast blue hedgehog from another world. There’s actual heart to this film with characters that interact, connect and develop all during the course of a story that actually has meaning.
The film embraces some classic sonic memes and isn’t afraid of what it is. Hence why it seems to be sitting so well with audiences both young and old, to be honest it’s just a generally good Sonic The Hedgehog film. That’s about it.
So if the film is generally liked, why were people expecting for it be terrible? Well to find that, let’s take a ride with:
The Ghost Of Video-Game Adaptation Past
After past performances, Video-Game movie adaptations have not always held a strong reputation with audiences and critics and tend to be rather…disappointing. Let’s take a look at some of the past releases:
- Resident Evil films: generally perform terribly with critics and a lot of audiences.
- Tomb Raider: audiences weren’t keen.
- Prince of Persia: also not liked that much.
- Mortal Kombat films: didn’t go down well.
- Super Mario Bros: pretty awful.
- Assassins Creed: very disappointing.
- Angry Birds Movie: critics disliked it.
And these are just a few video-game adaptations, now it’s possible you liked some of these films because we did too.
But if we look at them generally, they didn’t perform well at all. However, that began to change last year:
- Detective Pickachu: went on to get high praise from both critics and audiences alike and made 431 Million Dollars worldwide. Full Review here.
- Angry Birds Movie 2: became the highest rated video-game movie of all time, boasting an impressive 73% critic score and 85% audience score on Rotten tomatoes. Full Review here.
- And now we have Sonic The Hedgehog: already set to break records in its opening weekend while pleasing both audiences and critics.
Ghost of Video-Game Future:
If we look towards the future of video-game movie adaptations, it’s looking quite bright.
The success of Sonic The Hedgehog will reassure studios all over the world that video-game adaptations are not doomed from the beginning.
The studios and people working to bring Minecraft: The Movie, Tomb Raider 2, Uncharted and the Mortal Kombat reboot to the big screen will be relishing in the recent success of Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog movie as it reassures them, these films can be a success.
It will also hopefully install a sense of optimism for audiences that are quick to label an upcoming video-game movie as a disaster and instead be more keen to give them a chance.
Should You Watch Sonic The Hedgehog?
Sonic The Hedgehog has surprised us all, what seemed like a train wreck from the start transitioned into a rather decent and successful film.
Sonic has hopefully reassured studios that video-game movies still have plenty potential and are worth investing in.
And finally, Sonic The Hedgehog above all is a film full of action, heart and entertainment. If you’ve been debating whether to watch it or not, we advise that you do, just go give it a chance. You might just be surprised.