Is ‘Sonic 2’ the movie anything like the game ‘Sonic Adventure 2’?
What’s more postmodern than turning a video game into a movie? Nothing, right? Yet, it looks like this will be a trend for the next few years. Just this year, Uncharted and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 have been released, and both movies are based on video games. But, does Sonic 2 look anything like the game Sonic Adventure 2? What is it that makes the movie relatable to the game besides the characters & scenarios?
However, video game fans can be hard to please when it comes to movies, and this could apply to anything honestly. If you like the video game format more than the narrative content, then you might be disappointed once you watch the movie. Also, this could have nothing to do with its quality or the cast but with a very specific and personal expectation.
When it comes to video games, another important point to have in mind is that the users directly decide over the game’s narrative. While watching a movie is completely the opposite, films are all about letting yourself experience the story & stimuli. Still, what about Sonic 2? How was its transition from a video game to a movie? What are fans saying?
Sonic 2: The movie
Apparently, this movie went too far from the original game, but that’s the whole point of making it a movie, right? Yet, general critics tend to affirm games are more entertaining than the movie is. But what’s this blue hedgehog adventure about? Well, it all starts when Dr. Robortnik (Jim Carrey) comes back and this time with Knuckles, and they’re both in search of a powerful emerald.
This gem has the power to destroy civilizations, so stopping them from getting it is crucial. While Dr.Robotnik & Knuckles are together, Sonic teams up with Tails, his own sidekick. So, yes, the movie basically revolves around these two embarking on a globe-trotting adventure before the emerald falls into the wrong hands. The movie obtained a 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
In general, this Sega game can keep upbringing aftermaths as long as it keeps weaving some aspects of the game into its narrative in order to appeal to its fanbase. Another important aspect of the success or failure of a movie like this is based on its cast & production. In this case, Sonic 2 had a great cast, including Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, James Marsden, and Adam Pally.
If you’re a Sonic Adventure 2 fan and haven’t watched the movie, you can still do so in cinemas as well as stream it through Vudu for a $19.99 fee. But, does it actually resemble the game? Here’s all you need to know.
Does it look anything like the game?
We know the movie plot already, but what about the video game? Sonic Adventure 2 is a video game of the Sonic the Hedgehog saga, it was developed by the Sonic Team. It’s the third and final Sonic game for Sega’s Dreamcast console, following its predecessor Sonic Adventure & Sonic Shuffle. It’s also considered one of the best games in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
This game was released in America on June 19th, 2001, and in Japan & Europe on June 23rd, 2001. If the 2000’s thin eyebrows are doing a comeback, why wouldn’t one of Sega’s best games in history?
As was mentioned, the movie has similarities to the video game in its characters and the general universe. Yet, what creates a big difference as an expectation of who played the game, is the fact that in the video game you were able to pick which side to be part of. The game contains two parallel stories and can choose which story they want to play, at any time.
It’s quite simple actually, there’s the story of the “Hero” which features Sonic, Knuckles, and Tails and is based on saving the world, obviously. On the other hand, the “Dark” story features Shadow, Rouge, and Dr. Eggman and pursues the world’s domination. Which side are you on?