Adventure movie for kids, pure nostalgia for adults
“Sonic” is an entertaining adventure movie for any kid today. A hairy hedgehog moving at the speed of light and a villain (Robotnik, also known as Doctor Eggman) without that many screws and a crazy obsession: capture and seize the energy and superpower of the blue being.
In the eyes of an adult it is something else. Pure nostalgia for those infinite afternoons playing the games console, transforming Sonic into a supersonic ball at the touch of a command, absorbing rings as if there was no tomorrow, and cursing every time you bounce off an enemy and the rings are lost.
Pure nostalgia for those infinite afternoons playing the games console
The Jeff Fowler production, making his directorial debut, has as an incentive the emotional component for those born in the 80’s-90’s. Also the visual effects – a mixture of animation and live action – and the improved Sonic design (the initial drawing of the hedgehog received widespread criticism and was finally redesigned by an artist who was more faithful to the video game thanks to pressure from fans). Its one weak point however is the script: not very original and, indeed, too predictable. There are no surprises: a character from another planet meets a human (James Marsden) who he befriends and shares in adventures together fighting the villain, a role offered to Jim Carrey, and who, like the genius madman he is, plays it pitch perfectly and it wouldn’t surprise me if we see this evolve into a second part.
Its one weak point however is the script: not very original and, indeed, too predictable
If we take advantage of the nostalgia factor, the director wins us over by introducing references from the 90’s when the video game was born; Today, one of the bestselling games of all time. The character has a cassette radio in his den, he reads “Flash” comics, the film talks about the movie “Men in Black” and a scene from Keanu Reeves’s “Speed” appears. There is even a tribute to the road-trip movies that were a trend in the past. Also, songs from then abound with tunes like “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio, and “Blitzkrieg Bop” by Ramones.
These mentions are precisely the thread that connects the generation of the Sega video game console with the story. The director doesn’t forget the context of those who grew up during this time, and that gives it an even more special touch for those who spent entire afternoons jumping from mushroom to mushroom and collecting the precious golden hoops.
The film also offers an interesting reflection on loneliness. Sonic has no friends. He lives alone for 10 years because he cannot be exposed or allow himself to be seen and is looking forward to having a prankster as a partner. He entertains himself with his multiple personalities, but he always ends up missing something. Once again, cinema leaves us a with message for life that reminds us of the message from the film “Into The Wild” in 2007: happiness is only real if it’s shared.