I received screener access to watch the Sonic the Hedgehog movie before it becomes available on digital on Tuesday March 31st and then 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray™ Combo Packs Arrive May 19. Opinions re my own.
James Marsden is pretty much the king of playing off CGI characters. He is excellent when it comes to smart sassy characters that turn his character’s lives upside down. I also like the work that Ben Schwartz did as the voice of Sonic. He made a perfect voice for this super fast and fun character. The rest of the cast rounds out with Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. His performance is reminiscent of his days on In Living Color. So off the wall.
The humor was good and the action was crazy. All of Dr. Robotnik’s crazy tech was such fun to watch. There was an intense chase scene that just kept going and going with more unbelievable tech. There were some cool parts that made use of just how fast Sonic could go and so many Easter Eggs in the movie.
Overall it was a good adaptation of a video game. The story was good, the action kept coming and the characters were fun. Jim Carrey does a great Dr. Robotnik.
I watched the bonus features as well. In Around the World in 80 Seconds we see a sketch type cartoon of all the places Sonic loves on Earth. It goes really quick so pay attention.
There were also plenty of deleted scenes including the original opening of the movie. We see the outcome of this opening later on in the actual movie but this original opening explains one man’s obsession with Sonic. I think it could have been used later in the movie, though. It was pretty funny. They even expanded upon this character in the second deleted scene. This scene also explained more about how Tom was so special to the town of Green Hills. A couple more scenes were not fully rendered but gave some insight into the movie. More exposition.
My favorite part of the bonus features was For the Love of Sonic. This is where the cast goes and talks about how iconic Sonic is and how it was important to bring him to the big screen. There is much more including commentary through the movie. More about the movie below. Continue reading Review: Sonic the Hedgehog
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We received a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch free from Nintendo. They also sent me the sweet Nookinton’s shirt. Opinions are my own.
Well, there is no better time to get lost in a video game then when you are required to be in your house for weeks at a time. So the release timing of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is perfect. You can escape to a cute little island filled with adorable friends and neighbors while you perform various tasks to build and beautify your new home.
I have not played any of the previous Animal Crossing games, the only connection I have to this game is through and old game on the Wii U that had you running all over an island and picking up marbles while other people chased you. That was a fun game and I was so good at it. I also picked up some Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards a while back and they can be used with this game, too.
We played for the first time the day it arrived and while I played through the beginning of the game the kids went and read the text in different funny voices. We all had a good laugh and were excited to play. I hadn’t realized at the time but we could have all been playing at the same time. We will have to explore that option soon. Up to four players can play on the same island at the same time using the same system and game. More can play if playing online or locally. The fun this is to create your island the way you want it and then visit other islands made by friends. There is a real social aspect to this game. It was definitely funnier when the kids were providing voices for each character. We laughed so much.
I have many many things to explore in the game but so far I enjoy the gameplay. It is going to take me awhile to figure out just how to position items around the island and how to cast in front of a fish correctly every time. That has taken a bit of learning. I do like crafting new things and getting more recipes for DIY projects. I’m shaking every tree and as such have gotten stung multiple times by wasps. But, that is island life, isn’t it? LOL.
You’d think that you’d be relaxing on a deserted island but you end up working like crazy all over the place. Not that it is hard work at all but work nonetheless. Tom Nook has got lots of things for you to do on your new island.
I will have to do a livestream of the gameplay soon.
Continue reading We Could Use An Island Getaway with Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch