Sonic The Hedgehog
So I promised the boys I would take them to a movie. They chose the movie. We saw Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Not my first pick. I was hoping they would have picked The Bad Guys. That looked more interesting to me.
I remember when I saw the previews for the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie. It didn't look my type of movie. So I was even less excited to see a sequel.
The amount I knew about Sonic the Hedgehog could probably fit on the head of a pin, and since I didn't see the first movie, I also didn't know much about these characters (although you certainly don't need to see the first movie to understand the second).
But it was what the boys chose, and this was for them, not me.
Although it's not a movie I likely would have ever seen without them, it was better than I thought it would be but still basically what I expected.
It has some heart to it, and I liked many of the actors in it. I'm always impressed by Jim Carrey's full commitment to any character he plays.
You know, the first thing I ever remember seeing Jim Carrey in was a made-for-TV drama called Doing Time on Maple Drive. This was before both Ace Ventura and In Living Color. He played an alcoholic, and I thought he was quite good in it.
I remember when he was in The Truman Show, there was some hoopla about him being able to do well in a drama because people were so used to the broader characters he did in things like The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever, and the two aforementioned projects, but because I had already seen him do something quite dramatic, I never understood what the big deal was. As far as I'm concerned, he's just a good actor.
But clearly, he is very good with cartoony sorts of roles like, for example, The Grinch, Count Olaf, and his role in Sonic, Dr. Robotnik, and he seemed to be having a very fun time.
It's been interesting watching some of the shows my nephews like. Even as a young boy, I never found potty humor, fart jokes, and the like very humorous, and it's weird to me how much that type of stuff shows up in movies or TV shows the kids watch and how funny they seem to find it. It certainly isn't my brand of humor.
Sonic didn't have as much of that as other programs the boys watch, although there was some here and there. But overall, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie was better than I anticipated.
The best thing, I suppose, is that the boys loved it, and that's really what counts. Oh, and by the way, it looks like there is going to be a third.