Other notable things about the picture include "action scenes". It felt like there were too many of these as they were used as plot devices to speed up events or to keep the children's attention. One of these sequences is lifted from the X-Men movies, specifically the effect that is used for Quicksilver to show off how fast he is. Its use here is less inventive with little spectacle, which has it come off as an inferior copy.
Deadpool is another property that Sonic the Hedgehog copies as it comes across as the children's version of that series. The number of jokes, the voice over, the visual gags, it's all there. In no way am I insinuating that I would have liked a rated R Sonic feature film, but this impersonation just doesn't work for me.
Everything wasn't all bad, though, as some of the jokes did land, and the VFX were pretty good. I even like that the movie alludes to potential sequels, something that should never happen unless its a sure thing. While a follow up to Sonic's first outing isn't guaranteed, I do like the idea of expanding the world to refine what is here.
Overall, if you have children, this will be a pretty good time for them. If you're an adult, there might be some fun to be had, but it's less than you would hope for. Nothing about Sonic the Hedgehog is specifically horrible, its mostly just not funny and a little boring. It's very comparable to another kid's movie that came out this year, Dolittle. If you had to choose between the two, this one is it.
The intimidation joke was when it peaked
It is pretty funny, though it helps to have a theater full of children to laugh along with. Sadly, the jokes don’t always land; most only draw out single exhales of acknowledgment. The ‘on the nose’ references that pass over most of the audiences’ heads, don’t help much either. So even though it does elicit a few laughs, it doesn’t achieve the campy vibe it strives for the viewers to experience.
Bumblebee is really boring. With action being one of the franchise’s hallmarks, the absence of it left only a middling story that could put me to sleep. I was ready for a Transformers movie that accurately depicted the source material, but perhaps that was too tall an order. This movie only fills me with trepidation for the upcoming Birds of Prey film since the screenplays are written by the same person. Overall, I can’t wait to forget the little of the movie I can actually remember.
Should have just been a CGI fest on Cybertron