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Sonic the Hedgehog

2020 / 99m - Japan
Adventure, Comedy
Sonic the Hedgehog poster

It's probably a good thing I never owned a Sega console or really got into the Sonic games, I can only imagine how fans of the creature felt when they sat through this Hollywood monstrosity. It's a cheap and lazy franchise installment, a film made only because there's a fanbase out there that has money to spend.

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Sonic ends up on Earth after he's chased down by evil forces on his planet. He hides in the woods, but he feels lonely and yearns for a friend. When an outburst of anger causes a power outage, Dr Robotnik is put on the case. He's on Sonic's tail in no time, luckily Sonic gets help from a friendly police man who is willing to protect him.

The story is nonsensical, the comedy is terrible, Sonic looks cheap and the pop references are completely mundane. Very little is down with Sonic's video game origins, instead he's rocking to Queen, and we get to listen to Star Wars tunes. Why, I don't know. This was just a great, big, unattractive mess, here's to hoping they don't make a sequel.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

2022 / 122m - USA
Adventure, Comedy
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 poster

The first Sonic was pretty horrible, the second one is just more of the same. It's a misguided mix of bad US CG animation, superhero nonsense, and a comedy that feels like it was written for Ryan Reynolds (but I guess he didn't have time for this). But hey, it's clearly making money, so I wouldn't be surprised if more films followed.

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Sonic believes he's a true superhero, but his actions mess up the otherwise so quiet city. Meanwhile, Dr. Robotnik has found a way to return to Earth, and he's bringing a new villain with him. Together they seek out Sonic, hoping to get rid of the pesky little blue hero once and for all.

The animation is ugly, the comedy is truly cringeworthy, and two hours for a very simple plot like this is indefensible. I wish Japan would just handle these game adaptations themselves, on the other hand, this way it's earning them way more money, so let's just hope they're going to spend it on other things worth watching (or playing).