I’m probably more surprised than anyone that I actually went to see the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Having very loudly dusted my hands of the entire franchise more than once, but low and behold, I found myself with a day off and trying to decide whether to go and see Birds of Prey, 1917 and one other movie. So of course I got to see this damned one.
I’ve had this one on the back burner for a while, but with the cataclysmic reaction to the trailer dropping for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it felt an apt time to move this up the schedule and have this conversation now.
Both Sonic the Hedgehog and Detective Pikachu are two movies with a number of notable similarities: They’re both video game adaptations that take their mascot characters and place them into the real world using CGI, they’re also both movies that had very vocal reactions when people first saw how they looked.
Between the two new images of what Sonic the Hedgehog is going to look like in the new live action movie, my Twitter feed has been alight with rage and ridicule for the choices made regarding this movie’s character design. It’s kind of funny that it’s one of the few things I’ve ever seen the internet unanimously agree on.
So much so that one of the movie’s primary writers still went onto Twitter simply saying “Everybody relax.” Are the people working in the American film industry really this blind. How their choices when it comes to re-purposing Japanese properties into western movies always comes and bites them in the ass.