Sonic The Hedgehog Trailer #2 Review

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

Back in April of this year, we got our first full look at the Sonic The Hedgehog movie! It’s safe to say the trailer didn’t go down well with a lot of people, myself included! Where to start? The obvious place is Sonic’s human and toothy design. It was like something out of a nightmare! The VFX were lacking and the whole tone and aesthetic of the trailer just didn’t feel ‘Sonic’. I had no issues with the Jim Carrey part, he’s turned up to 11 for sure, and some don’t like this. Me? I don’t mind it. I think he’s having a lot of fun with the role, and I’m confident with how it’ll play out on-screen.

The trailer does a better job of setting up the story and the comedy lands so much cleaner this time around. It looks and feels right, it feels like we are, on the face of it, getting the right film for the character. Would I have preferred a fully animated movie? Yes. But they’ve responded to the outcry and it appears that they have fixed the key issues. I appreciate that the filmmakers should take responsibility for the original issues, but to be fair to them, they have listened and acted accordingly. They were brave enough to delay the film and they probably lost money because of this. But they have taken the time to fix it. I think the trailer has also turned me around from not going to see this movie at the cinema, to going and giving it a chance. Not that it means the film will be any good mind, but time will tell!

Synopsis:

“Tom Wachowski, a San Francisco Police Department officer-turned-newly appointed Sheriff of Green Hills, Montana, journeys from Green Hills to San Francisco to assist Sonic, an anthropomorphic extraterrestrial blue hedgehog who can run at incredible speeds, in evading capture by the government, collecting his rings, and defeating the insane scientist Doctor Robotnik.”

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check the trailer below.

As always, we have picked our top five scenes from the trailer to take a closer look.

5 Things From The Trailer:

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I See Hills Of Green (Zone)

I’ve already said that I’d prefer an animated Sonic movie and one definitely set entirely in the world we know from the games. So to see the Green Hill Zone looking so lush and vibrant is what this trailer needed. You needed something instantly recognisable from the video game and they have done a great job in bringing this famous location to life. My only negative is I know that these will probably be the best parts of the movie, and they will be very small parts of it.

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My Name Is Sonic And I’m The Fastest Hedgehog Alive

Sonic going through a stack of The Flash comics? That’s pretty funny! Again, another clever move for the trailer, incorporating something we know but this time adding a twist to it. I hope that the film is clever in how it handles the pop culture references and doesn’t ‘over-egg the pudding’ with them! But this gag certainly works well.

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One Ring To Zoom Them All

While we are used to masses of rings when it comes to Sonic, it’s very clear that in this movie it’s more about focusing on one ring. It appears that the ring is used to open the portals between realms and locations. So having them all over the place devalues the importance of the object and its power, so reducing it to one makes sense from a story standpoint. With that being said I fully expect to have at least one scene where they use multiple rings like in the game.

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Sonicer

One thing about the first trailer, other than the obvious, was the comedy beats. They didn’t work, but this time around the jokes are landing. Some of the visual gags are genuinely amusing and the gag about the World’s largest rubber band ball is one that really stands out for me. The ball and paddle was the cherry on top and reminded me of a similar scene in the Scottish comedy Still Game. If they manage to deliver humourous moments like this throughout the movie, then they can’t go wrong.

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War Of The World Wonders

I’ve already mentioned the ring being able to open up portals, and Sonic is about to use it to global! It appears Robotnik is able to keep up with Sonic‘s speed during this rather intense looking chase scene. Sonic uses the ring to jump from the Great Wall to the Pyramids and I won’t be surprised to see other landmarks (Big Ben/the Eiffel Tower) appear as well. While this may be only part of one scene, it at least makes the movie feel much larger in scale.

What do you think about the new trailer for Sonic The Hedgehog? Do you like the new design? Has this trailer changed your mind about the film? Let us know in the comments.

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