Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Quick Reviews

Directed by Jeff Fowler

Written by Pat Casey Josh Miller

Based on video game by Sega

Starring Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, James Marsden with Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, & Neal McDonough

Release Date: February 14, 2020

Running Time: 1hr 39min

Rating: PG

Sonic (Schwartz) is a blue hedgehog with super speed from another world. When he was little he fled from his world to Earth using special portal rings, to hide from those who want his power. Ten years later, he accidentally sets off a surge of energy that gains the attention of the US government, who enlist eccentric scientist, Dr. Robotnik (Carrey) to find the source of the energy pulse. Thanks to some bumbling from small town police officer Tom Wachowski (Marsden), Sonic loses his bag of rings through a portal to San Francisco. Now the two must get the coins back, while also avoiding capture from Robotnik.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the cast performances (particularly Carrey’s), Sonic’s design, visuals and faithfulness to the source material, but criticism for its plot and perceived lack of originality. Despite this, the film has received acclaim from audiences, with a 94% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes by over 10,000 verified ratings. The film set the record for the biggest opening weekend by a video game-based film in the United States and Canada.

I like many people who grew up in the 1990s played at least one Sonic the Hedgehog game. The last ones I ever played were the two Sonic Adventure games for the Sega Dreamcast. Then of course there were the various cartoons that came about based on the quipping blue hedgehog and his various buddies. So naturally I was wanting to check this out.

I found this to be a super fun movie! Mind you, the bar for a good video game movie isn’t exactly all that high. Still, it was funny, action packed, with lots of fun performances. Ben Schwartz does a solid job voicing Sonic, while Jim Carrey is at his fun, over the top best as Robotnik, and James Marsden is his usual charming self. My only complaint would be not enough is really explained, we could’ve used a bit more time with Sonic in his home world, his time with his adoptive parent, or Sonic giving some exposition to Tom about where he was from.

Should you see it? I think so, yes.

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