Sonic the Hedgehog

2020

Sonic the Hedgehog

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Fittingly fleet and frequently fun, Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game-inspired adventure the whole family can enjoy -- and a fine excuse for Jim Carrey to tap into the manic energy that launched his career.

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound -- human -- best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

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Critic Reviews for Sonic the Hedgehog

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Audience Reviews for Sonic the Hedgehog

  • 6d ago
    When the first footage of a live-action Sonic was unleashed, it became the Internet's new nightmare, until the Cats trailer was released. The strange, unsettling design made the classic Sega speedster just creepy to behold, and you could count his baby teeth in his human mouth. The producers did something unheard of in response to the onslaught of negative criticism — they listened. They redesigned the character to be more akin to a familiar 3D model from the games and delayed the movie several months in order to accommodate the special effects time crunch. The new and improved Sonic the Hedgehog movie benefits immensely from this redesign, though I routinely kept imagining what the original nightmare-inducing design would look like at different points in the film (a side-by-side DVD special feature, eh?). This is a kids movie very much geared toward that audience but I was mostly charmed by the inclusion of Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) into our world. He's paired with a straight-laced small-town cop (James Marsden) and given a road trip to retrieve his portal-creating magic rings. Jim Carrey plays Dr. Robotnik, a mad scientist hired by the U.S. military to find and capture the alien responsible for the mysterious power surges. Carrey's unrestrained, intense physical performance is a nostalgic delight for 90s kids who grew up on his rubber-faced silliness, and he often made me laugh through sheer force of personality alone. However, I appreciated that the screenplay actually shows effort. There are sly, unexpected jokes that didn't have to be there and yet the filmmakers didn't rest on their laurels. I enjoyed the buddy dynamic between Sonic and Marsden and the more mawkish moments didn't make me gag. It's not anything groundbreaking or operating on higher levels of sophistication like Pixar, but it's a generally enjoyable and brisk experience that's colorful, fun, and accessible to Sonic fans and non-fans alike. Perhaps this will signal a new age where studios are more beholden to the demands of a noisy fanbase, and perhaps that's not exactly the best thing moving forward for art. But it worked in this instance. The fans won. Nate's Grade: B-
    Nate Z Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2020
    I really wasn't looking forward to this movie, and in the end result here it's really not high art or anything, but I'll admit it was actually a good deal of fun. It's not strictly the Sonic story we know, but in all honesty Sonic's story has always been weird and all over the place, and this does still have the right elements. It's got his attitude, it's got robots, hell it's got a surprising number of references to the games even down to the way he finally beats Robotnik. And yeah speaking of Robotnik, this is classic 90s Jim Carrey here and he hasn't missed a beat, it's a lot of fun. Sonic's a fun character, his new design is incredibly charming, the action scenes are standard but creative, and it's surprisingly funny. It's about as good a Sonic movie I could want right now, and based on that end credits stinger I do kinda' want more now.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2020
    Sonic the Hedgehog, though cliche, cheesy and simplistic at best, should be recognized for its faithful & fun adaptation that almost became hot garbage but blessedly redeemed by its creators who actually listened to their audience. The cheeky yet sharped-tongued titular hedgehog as well as timeless 90's Jim Carrey rings in an enjoyable portrayal of the Sega-creation that will surely bring its fans relief and even yearn for more to come. 3.49/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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