After a lengthy delay that saw the visual effects and character designs given a complete makeover, it seems as if Paramount's Sonic The Hedgehog adaptation hit theatres this week, and it would seem that the fans are pretty happy with the work that has been done.
In fact, the early reports are great, and it's currently got a 95 per cent 'fresh' rating on film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
Check the trailer out right here.
Despite a slow start, fans have been flocking in their droves to watch the highly anticipated video game film, and are - apparently - loving what they're seeing.
At first, the movie - which stars Jim Carrey - garnered a lowly 63 per cent rating, but now it is up towards the highest levels ever attained by a video game adaptation.
That prompted Ben Schwartz, who voices the titular character, to tweet out his amazement and joy at the viewers enjoyment of the film.
Schwartz said: "It's not just that so many of you are going to see #Sonicmovie , it's that you are loving what you see!
"SONIC IS CERTIFIED FRESH ON @ROTTENTOMATOES W/ A 95% AUDIENCE SCORE & AN "A" CINEMA SCORE! How are those numbers calculated? I have no idea! But I've been told this is amazing."
Yeah, you've got to have some sort of special qualification to work out exactly how the ratings are decided, but they rarely lie.
Fans have been gushing about the movie online, as well.
One person commented: "I think we can officially say that Sonic & [Ryan Reynolds starring Detective] Pikachu finally ended the video game movie curse!...well for now."
Another wrote: "Finally got to see the #SonicMovie for myself today & my gosh, I loved it lots. A fresh take on the #SonictheHedgehog universe that with its own unique cast & feel. This childlike Sonic melted muh heart, man.
"Now the REAL fun can begin."
Sonic movie was fun and surprisingly faithful to many aspects of the games. Glad to see it doing well. Crazy theory... What if the secret to adapting a video game is to tell a story that is respectful of its source material?
- Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 16, 2020
The #sonicthehedgehogmovie was so damn good, I was forced to draw some soft sonic helpin out his local frog buddy <3 pic.twitter.com/DV2vAMNwJe
- meow meow bitch (@oofitsbethi) February 16, 2020
Let's hope so.
Unfortunately, not everyone is so happy. Back in December, Motion Picture Company, the studio responsible for the visual effects upgrade to the film, announced that it was to cease trading with immediate effect.
That left a lot of staff out of work with little explanation, and understandably brassed off.
On Reddit, one irate ex-staff member vented their fury, writing: "We've all put in extreme hours wrapping two infamous projects in the last couple of months.
"We've done multiple weeks without a day off, regular 17-plus hour shifts to the point that most of us are seriously sleep deprived and are suffering still."
"We've worked really f***ing hard to get this work out the door for MPC, and I'm genuinely ashamed that they are happier prioritising their profit margins and tax incentives over the insane talent and commitment of hundreds of dedicated VFX artists in Vancouver.
"I honestly feel insulted, like I've given MPC my all and in return they gave me the finger."
It will be scant consolation, no doubt, but the fans seem to be loving their work, at least.
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Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment