Overlong Insta-Sequel Provides Frenzied Action – Deadline
Was it only two years ago, a month before confinement, that sonic the hedgehog was rising high in theaters, only to be reduced when most of them had to close? Who knows how far it might have flown, but it remains a record holder for this kind of video game film adaptation. Paramount could obviously sense that audiences are there for the speedster blue hedgehog and the world of characters that may continue to emerge from the popular Sega Genesis console game, but to deliver an instant sequel in just two years is quite remarkable for this hybrid live-form. action/animation.
Director Jeff Fowler is used to the pressure, however, having been through hell after an early trailer for the original film sparked online consternation over Sonic’s visual look, sending the film back for retooling ahead of its release. exit. This time, with a fixed, locked, and charged formula, the film crew could move at the same warp speed as their main character.
As for the results, in terms of art, it’s random. But in terms of fan appeal, the filmmakers are throwing a lot more against the wall, and judging by the reaction at a press preview I attended, kids are still going to eat it – even at a far too generous race of more than two hours. time. No toon this looney should be this long.
Also, the plot, as it stands, is pretty much standard. Hero Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) teams up with two-tailed yellow fox Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) in a game of good versus evil in order to capture the much desired Master Emerald and keep him out of the villain’s control Dr. Robotnik (an exaggerated Jim Carrey). The latter is seen being held captive on the mushroom planet at the start of the film – but fear not, evil fans: he will find a way back to Earth and chaos.
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The Bad Doctor teams up with Knuckles (Idris Elba), who only has the power to get his hands on the Emerald and will stop at nothing – something Robotnik immediately decides to exploit for world domination. And the race is on.
Meanwhile, Sonic has settled down in Green Hills, Montana, sort of the devoted teenage son of Tom (James Marsden) and his wife Maddie (Tika Sumpter). Sure, it’s a pretty unusual parent/hedgehog relationship, but hey, let’s get to it. The problems start when Sonic is left at home as Tom and Maddie travel to Hawaii – with plenty of product placements for the Four Seasons Oahu for a cousin Rachel (scene stealer Natasha Rothwell) wedding – but you can bet that the little blue guy and his buddy Tails get into a lot of trouble before they start their journey to save the world. The climax comes when they literally crash the wedding and all hell breaks loose. The bride-to-be’s ring is a key accessory here, and Tom has his own big moment with it and the arrival of the capricious “son”. It all leads to a frantic, goofy, CGI-laden finish, but stick around for the credits as the franchise’s next popular character is teased for STH 3. And have no doubt that the sequel will come your way with lightning-fast Sonic speed.
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As for the live characters. Marsden and Sumpter make a nice pair to hang out with in Hawaii, and Carrey seems to enjoy playing the dastardly villain, if not with all his Grinch panache. Adam Pally returns with humorous interludes as Wade Whipple from the Sheriff’s Department, and Shemar Moore is Rachel’s dodgy groom. The animation is perfectly suited here, and Schwartz provides just the right voice for the title star, as does O’Shaughnessey as Tails and Elba as the ever-present Knuckles. The script comes from Pat Casey & Josh Miller and John Whittington. The producers are Neal H. Moritz, Toby Ascher, Toru Nakahara, Hitoshi Okuno. Paramount releases it on April 8. Check out my video review with scenes from the movie at the link above.
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