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Is This Video Game Movie Worth Your Time and Money? Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of


I think it’s well known that usually most video games adapted to movies do not fare well in the theaters. Was Sonic the Hedgehog movie any different? If you have not seen this movie, let me help you decide if you should by checking out my movie review.

Momentum of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Sometimes when movies are initially released, there is a huge turn-out at the theaters due in part to hype from the movie industry. A few months ago, there was news about this movie, mainly dealing with viewers’ input regarding Sonic’s depiction. The good news is the powers that be listened and made changes before the movie was released. Since this movie has been out for awhile now (released February 14, 2020), I believe the excitement of the film has faded and the movie has lost its momentum.

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Cast of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

In my opinion, the standout cast member was unfortunately, not the namesake of the movie, Sonic, but was Jim Carrey who played the villain aka the mad scientist, Dr. Robotnik. I think Jim Carrey delivered a noteworthy performance and seemed vested in his character. By contrast, the other actors did passable jobs, and their performances did not impress me. I noticed that when the action moved from Jim Carrey’s character scenes, the level of excitement of the movie dropped.


Creativity and Animation in Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

The mix between real-life actors as well as the animated Sonic character was adequate. In fact, I was surprised that there was a fair amount of real actors in the movie and that the film was not strictly animated based. That being said, I’m sure quite a bit of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was involved. 

Regarding creativity -- The adaptation of the video game to a movie was done in an imaginative way. However, even though this is partially an animated film, some of the actions in this movie, in my opinion were far from real as alluded to below. And yes, I know that Sonic the Hedgehog is only a movie with make-believe scenes.

Action and Realism in Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Some parts of the film gave me the impression there was plenty of editing in Sonic the Hedgehog movie to the point where some scenes seemed disjointed. Additionally, there were a few unrealistic scenarios in the movie. Spoiler alert:  For those of you who have seen the movie, the scenes I’m referring to involve a fall from a building as well as the tieing up of one of the characters, and lastly, the recreation of Sonic’s room. You will know what I’m talking about if you watch the movie.

Tone of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

I was disappointed with the sad start of the movie. I was expecting to be entertained with lots of fun and  laughter since this is partially an animated film. Unfortunately, just like me, you may sense some sadness in this movie, especially in the beginning of the movie. On the flip side, there were upbeat scenes in Sonic the Hedgehog movie as well.

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Assessment of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

If you have some time and money to spare, I think Sonic the Hedgehog movie is ok to watch at the theater. However, I cannot give this movie rave reviews due to some inconsistencies in actions, as well as an ambiguous plot. However, on the positive side, the movie is brief with a runniing time of about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Even though this was a movie based upon the video game Sonic the Hedgehog, the acting skills of Jim Carrey as the villain probably makes this movie one that you should see. My favorite part of the movie was the technology used by Jim Carrey’s character and the way it was shown in the film. The minus side is this technology was used for evil deeds in the movie. Nonetheless -- I thought these scenes were interesting to watch.  

Rating of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Sonic the Hedgehog movie 2 3/4 stars.


Did the “Black Panther” Save 21 Bridges? 21 Bridges Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to the 21 Bridges Movie Review by Ms. H

21 Bridges is a film I made a mental note to see once it was released at the movie theaters. The movie trailer seemed interesting and there were lots of action in the film. Of note is the movie starred Chadwick Boseman who played the Black Panther in the Marvel movie. Would his notoriety of playing the Black Panther role cross over to spell success for his other films -- namely 21 Bridges? Check out my movie review to find out.


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Plot of the 21 Bridges Movie

The plot is a familiar one with cops and robbers-villains. The robbery indirectly involved money, but primarily centered around the acquirement of drugs as well as the consequences some police officers faced who interfered with the heist.

Characterizations of Actors in the 21 Bridges Movie

The writers and director did a good job of telling both sides of the story. In other words, even though the storyline  leaned largely toward Chadwick Boseman's character who played the detective, Andre Davis, the audience saw a glimpse of the bad guys personas and predicaments as well.  Spoiler Alert: I believe this was a plus for the movie especially since one of the villains seemed to be leaning towards doing the right thing.

Acting Abilities Displayed in the 21 Bridges Movie

My critique will be on the two main actors -- Chadwick Boseman and J.K. Simmons.  When Chadwick Boseman played the role of the Black Panther, his acting facial expressions were mainly hidden by the full face mask that he wore sometimes. However, in the 21 Bridges movie, you saw Chadwick Boseman’s acting ability up front and personal without a mask.

To make a long story short, his acting abilities were fine, except he seemed to have one signature look when he was concerned or seemed to be concentrating deeply on something. In other words, some of his acting seemed to me to have a sameness quality about them. On the other hand, while J.K. Simmons as the cop, Captain Matt McKenna did not exhibit these traits. The minus was I’ve seen him on insurance commercials on TV, and could not see any realism in him acting the part of a cop -- even though of course many actors play various parts during their careers.

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Unrealistic Scenarios in the 21 Bridges Movie

Several actions happened that probably would not happen in real life in this movie. Spoiler Alert:  For example, during the 21 Bridges movie, the female police officer and mother of one told Chadwick Boseman’s character to “take a shot” when she was being physically held hostage -- a move that could have possibly destroyed her. There may have been others as well, which, of course can be expected in a movie. 

Predictability of the 21 Bridges Movie

Movies showing corrupt policemen are not new, so all during the film you may suspect that something wasn’t quite right during the drug bust and the ensuing actions that happened afterwards. Watching the movie, it was just a matter of how the corruption would finally be unveiled. Therefore the suspense in 21 Bridges is limited to why was the movie was named 21 Bridges as well as when the corrupt police officers would be revealed and how.

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Assessment of the 21 Bridges Movie

To answer the question if the “Black Panther” saved the movie 21 Bridges, my response is there was really no correlation between the two characters or the movies. Chadwick Boseman starring as the Black Panther may have enticed people to see the 21 Bridges movies; however, the main factor to save this movie would be the storyline.

The saving grace to the 21 Bridges movies is the numeroius action scenes. That being said, I describe 21 Bridges as a “so-so” movie, so if you see the movie, it’s fine, and if you do not see the movie, that’s fine also.

Rating of the 21 Bridges Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate 21 Bridges 3 stars.


Are Predictable Movies Fun to Watch? The Good Liar Movie Review by Ms. H

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Introduction to The Good Liar Movie Review by Ms. H

I decided to watch The Good Liar movie after being on the fence for awhile about seeing it. What drew me to the movie was that the academy award winner actor Helen Mirren stars in it. Helen Mirren has starred in some noteworthy films, so I decided to see her latest movie, The Good Liar. Was I disappointed on not in The Good Liar movie? Read my movie review to find out.

Plot of The Good Liar Movie

Without spoiling the movie, it looks like the plot dealt with people seeking revenge. As I alluded to above, The Good Liar movie stars Helen Mirren as Betty McLeish -- a widower and Ian McKellen as, Roy Courtnay, the swindler.

Pros of The Good Liar Movie

Flashbacks in The Good Liar Movie

In my opinion, the flashback scenes were handled well. I think a good job was done to show events that happened in the past without being intrusive with the current happenings.

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Cons of The Good Liar Movie

Predictability in The Good Liar Movie

The Good Liar movie, in my opinion is a highly predictable movie with little to no suspense. For example, as I watched the movie, I knew that Helen Mirren’s character had something up her sleeve. Therefore all through the movie, I took her actions as well as her dialogue and conversations with a grain of salt. The movie made it clear that Ian McKellen’s character was a con artist who swindled people out of their money early on, so there was no mystery there.

Realism Depicted in The Good Liar Movie

From a storyline standpoint, It seemed highly unlikely to me that Helen Mirren as Betty McLeish would invite someone she had just met to stay at her home. In fact, several situations seemed contrived to connect these two people which probably would not happen in real life. Of course The Good Liar is a movie and is fictional but the actions seemed forced to present a story. 

Spoiler Alert: Towards the end of the movie, the businessmen who were swindled out of their money by Ian McKellen’s character show up out of the blue to confront him. The writer and director leads you to believe that they roughed him up out of revenge. I think a more realistic outcome would be if they had simply filed charges against the con artist or at the very least got someone else to do what they were purported to do in the movie. The actions did not fit the characters in this situation.

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Direction in The Good Liar Movie

I noticed on at least three occasions where the actors had close-up scenes looking out into the distance like something was about to happen.Two of these scenes occurred with Ian McKellen’s character and it happened once with Helen Mirren’s. You will know what I’m talking about if you watch The Good Liar movie. I think these close-up scenes could have been cut from the movie.

Assessment of The Good Liar Movie

Try as I might, I’m unable to find many redeeming qualities about The Good Liar movie. There was no suspense and no must-see type scenes in the film. My advice to you is to skip this movie at the theaters, and probably even when The Good Liar movie arrives on streaming services. 

In response to the question if predictable movies are fun to watch -- some are but the majority are not. The Good Liar movie landed in the latter category.

Rating of The Good Liar Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Good Liar movie 1 ¾ stars.



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