So the trailer for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie
came out yesterday... boy howdy, was it something. I really don't know what else to say about it other than many of the arguments about it can easily be justified. Needless to say, I don't hate what's shown (except for the design of Sonic), but more or less I'm underwhelmed by it.
Now anyone who has been following me the past few years should know how critical I am of the Sonic franchise
, though unlike my previous discussions of the franchise, this won't be a very long journal, mostly because there's very little I can say about this movie that hasn't been said already. People have reacted to the trailer, have made jokes about it
, countless memes have been made, people have pointed out how freaky Sonic's design is
and have suggested redesigns
and have drawn fan art of what it could look like instead, and pointed out how Jim Carrey's Dr. Eggman looks like a mirror universe version of Sportacus. What else can I say that hasn't been already said? Well, I can give you my brief thoughts on the trailer and the movie itself.
Looking at this trailer and what it presents so far, the best way I can describe it is that it looks... generic, like there's absolutely nothing in this trailer that I haven't seen before. It's basically another "Smurfs" type film in which you put a cartoon character (or in this case, video game character) in the "real world", and it doesn't really do anything new or different with it. The whole movie feels like something you'd see in the early or mid-2000's more than anything, to which even the live-action Scooby Doo looked better than this, and that was made back in 2002.
Now let's talk about the elephant in the room: Sonic's design. It's bad, bad enough that people are not only comparing it to Detective Pikachu (which is coming out literally two weeks after this trailer dropped), but the backlash is so loud that even Paramount has responded
to the design being unappealing, along with Sonic's creator Yuji Naka rumored to dislike what he has seen from the film's production, but I cannot prove this part. What I do know is that even Sega was unhappy with the design.
Overall, I'm personally going to keep my expectations low for this movie. If you want to see it yourself, go ahead, I'm not stopping you, but for me, I rather wait and see what happens next.
Until then, this is Masterge77, signing off!