Sonic the Hedgehog movie review/Q&A


photo by SEGA, Paramount Pictures, official movie poster

On Feb. 14, 2020, the movie Sonic the Hedgehog hit theaters in the U.S. On March 10, 2020, Delaney Jones and Robert LeCates went to see the film. “It was 100 times better than what I was expecting,” Delaney Jones said.

On Feb. 14, 2020, the movie Sonic the Hedgehog was released in the U.S.A. The commentary surrounding this movie was generally one of ridicule and low expectations. This week, myself (Delaney Jones) and junior Robert LeCates decided to check it out for ourselves. We decided to answer some of the most common questions and clear up some misconceptions.

Question 1: Going in, what were your expectations?

A – Robert: I was expecting a children’s movie that wouldn’t have any adult jokes. I thought it would be targeted at children, not the adults that grew up with Sonic.

A – Delaney: I expected to be entertained. I did not think I would be at all impressed with the storyline.

Question 2: After the first 10 minutes of the movie, what were you thinking?

A – Robert: After the first 10 minutes of the movie, I wasn’t sure where it was going. There wasn’t a clear conflict.

A – Delaney: I really had no idea where the movie was going to go. It didn’t really feel like it had a lot of direction, but it did feel like they might be trying to set something up.

Question 3: What were your first thoughts on the supervillain?

A – Robert: The villain duo kept me laughing throughout the movie. Dr. Robotnik and his assistant Doctor Stone had perfect synergy. They kept people on their toes. You never knew what they were going to do next.

A – Delaney: I loved Dr. Robotnik. He was weird and crazy and you never knew what he was going to say next. I really liked that they made him a little inhumane and robotic, just like the robots that he loved so much.

Question 4: How was the filmography/cinematography?

A – Robert: This movie had the slow-mo scenes similar to some Marvel movies. I enjoy those a lot and it’s very cool to see all the chaos slowed down from Sonic’s perspective and then watch it speed back up.

A – Delaney: I wasn’t super impressed with the cinematography and I didn’t expect to be. Some of the slo-mo scenes were pretty cool.

Question 5: What did you think of the movie’s message?

A – Robert: Early in the movie, Sonic writes a bucket list that has “make a real friend” on it and throughout the film, you think to yourself, “when is he going to make a real friend?”. Then you realize Tom Wachowski is Sonic’s real friend. It has a very childlike message of friendship and family.

A – Delaney: The message of the movie was finding a home and friendship. These were both shown in pretty childlike ways and were definitely intended for younger audiences. However, they set these themes up nicely and carried them through the movie.

Question 6: What would you say to anyone considering going to see this movie?

A – Robert: It’s a good movie when you watch it. I grew up with Sonic, I started watching him when I was 7 or 8, so seeing this difference in Sonic is heartwarming and conflicting. Overall, it was not a waste of time. I could watch the movie again and be happy.

A – Delaney: I would tell anyone to go see it. I was entertained throughout the whole movie. I did not get bored with it and the storyline was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I would not say it is a waste of time and I think anyone could enjoy it, not just children.

The movie Sonic the Hedgehog can be seen at local AMC theaters.