Film Preview: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Page Revisions:

(May 5, 2019) Original
(November 17, 2019) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#6-#8) / New Release Date (changed from 11/8/19)
(February 9, 2020) New Posters (#9-#17)

Release Date:

February 14, 2020


From IMDb: “A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.”

Poster Rating: B- / D+ / C / C- / C+ / C+ / C / D+ / C+ / C+ / C- / C- (4) / C / C

Review: (#1) Plenty of detail, but it isn’t an overall great design. (#2) This silhouette only serves to accentuate the issues with the character design. (#3) A design that has no genuine visual appeal and nary a compelling design feature. (#4) The more you look at this character, the less appealing it looks. (#5) There are some interesting aspects to this, but it all feels so cheaply staged.

(#6) The poster design almost feels like it defines the crash and burn of Jim Carrey’s career. It’s one of the better designs so far, but it’s just not that appealing. (#7) It’s like one of those glow lights that allow you to make slow-motion videos that spell out letters, except it’s not that cool. (#8) A wasteful white background and an unengaging central figure. It’s also so ineffectual, like the film itself appears to be.

(#9) Minimally clever concept that doesn’t have enough going for it. (#10) A design that ties back to early attempts at creativity and which ultimately fails. (#11) This attempt at cute is anything but. (#12-#15) A quartet of character posters with unique colors between them, but not particularly creative poses or overall designs. (#16) Too much voided space here with a central image that’s just not that creative. (#17) I think they spent all of their money on re-doing the character designs because their marketing efforts are slipshod.

Trailer Rating: C- / D+

Review: (#1) If this film is made with an eye on bringing in fans of the original video games, it fails miserably. The trailer doesn’t make an effective case for why this film needed to be made and makes an even stronger case for Jim Carrey’s comedy style feeling incredibly antiquated now.

(#2) After rushing to completely redesign the character after the disastrous first trailer, the new trailer does little to assuage those concerned about the film’s necessity or purpose, though it should appease fans of the character itself.

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