Someone, somewhere in Hollywood thought it was a good idea to play Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” on a video game movie trailer.
And not just ANY video game movie trailer. I’m talking about a film no one asked for a genre that’s still a flop on the big screen.
It’s none other than Sonic The Hedgehog movie, and you better run faster before it’s plot drains your brains out.
Sonic The Hedgehog’s movie is not helping the genre
Many like myself were completely unaware Paramount Pictures was working on a Sonic live-action movie starring Jim Carry.
You might be looking forward to it, hating it, or just hoping it goes straight to DVD. Either way, we can all be sure of one thing: this is not the one film to turn video games into a favorite movie genre.
Other than 2018’s Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander or 2016’s Warcraft, video games and Hollywood are just not a good match.
And this is just my opinion. Warcraft scored 28% on film critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and scored $447 million on box office with a $160 million investment. Meanwhile, Tomb Rider has a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes and $275M box office earnings with a $100M investments. Not very good numbers if you ask me.
More so if you consider another recent flop, 2017’s Assasin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender. It didn’t even double the $120M budget with its $240M earnings.
Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog is not the character to give video game movies the mainstream status like 2012’s X-Men once did for superheroes.
It’s just bad news for the genre. Do you know what would be good, though? A “The Last of Us” movie. Something like this:
Instead, further video game movies we’re getting on the coming years include:
- The Angry Birds 2 (2019)
- Assassin’s Creed 2 (2019)
- Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)
- The Division
Sonic The Hedgehog is a cringy live-action “comedy.”
I don’t need to tell you how cringy this is, but I’ll do it either way by merely naming all of the tropes the movie contains:
- Bad guys are the military;
- Sidekick is a white guy who inadvertently finds something he knows nothing of and ends up being a key to fulfill the outsider’s mission (Transformer’s Sam Witwicky?);
- The villain is very eccentric;
- Human character hides the non-human character in public in a non-funny way.