The official trailer for the long-teased and only mildly-anticipated live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie just landed. You should promptly drop everything you’re doing for 2 minutes and 46 seconds and watch it before you check Twitter, lest your first impressions be ruined:
Welcome back. You can probably guess which elements of the trailer the Internet has already latched onto:
The prominent use of Coolio’s immortal 1995 hip-hop classic “Gangsta’s Paradise” to soundtrack a movie about … checks notes … an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog.
Jim Carrey mugging—and mustaching—his way through his portrayal of the evil Doctor Robotnik.
The fact that, although it’s been confirmed as a real thing that really exists for more than a year, now we have visual proof that this is a real thing that really exists.
So, look: If you, like us, grew up playing your Sega Genesis every day between the hours of 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., then you likely have an affinity for the console’s flagship character and his friends, and so will happily see how they translate to the big screen despite your evolution into adulthood, and theirs into CG, when Sonic the Hedgehog hits theaters on November 8.
But if you’re still wavering, don’t let the snark kings on your social feed sway you into skipping the flick just yet. Here are five reasons why this strange, possibly misguided movie will probably be much better than everyone thinks.
1. Don’t forget: Sonic is awesome.
He’s a lightning-quick, rodent-like non-rodent who bursts, spins, dashes, and jumps through loops to save the world from an Eggman. Throughout history, Mario has always gotten more shine, but Sega’s answer to Nintendo’s signature character was wildly successful in his own right, spawning tons of sequels, spinoffs, and TV series throughout his glory days in the 1990s. Mario has remained relevant for longer, sure, but inhabiting a hedgehog was often more joyful during the franchise’s peak than pretending to be a plumber. It’s good to have him back.
2. Ben Schwartz makes for a worthy star.
Best known for playing the obnoxious Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, Schwartz is a master improv comedian—marvel at his work on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast—and a blast to listen to, with an infectious, playful spirit and sharp quips for days. He’s a great choice to voice Sonic, and he already has a ton of experience in this field (DuckTales, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
3. The rest of the cast is solid, too.
There’s Westworld’s James Marsden, good in everything he does, playing the new role of Tom Wachowski, a sheriff who teams up with Sonic to take down the bad guy in the next blurb. Ever see 2007’s Enchanted? It’s a delight in which Marsden deftly holds his own as a human hanging with animated characters. We trust him in the sidekick role to do the bulk of the heavy lifting.
And we’ll totally watch Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) putz around in anything. He’s here as Marsden’s buddy, likely offering one-liners in his stoner drawl that’ll fly over kids’ heads, but probably make it worth the price of your admission.
4. Jim Carrey is back to doing Jim Carrey things.
Of course, Carrey is the main draw, perhaps even more than the titular hero himself. The comedy legend is going for it here, and he’s clearly having a blast with the garish, larger-than-life character he’s been given—the kind of flamboyant persona (Ace Ventura, The Mask) that made him a star in the ‘90s, but that he’s largely abandoned in recent years in favor of pursuing gentler and more esoteric roles (Kidding).
Sometimes we just want to see people do exactly what they were put on the planet to do. Kudos to Carrey for continuing to grow as an actor (and painter, surprisingly), but he’s arguably the best physical comedian alive—a singular talent who hasn’t used all of his tools in quite some time. If he can harness them again as an eccentric evildoer in a movie based on a beloved video game—and it sure looks like that’s what happening here—then Sonic will decidedly be a success.
5. It’s probably going to be better than Pokémon: Detective Pikachu.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics