Video game movies have a bad rap for not staying faithful to the original, twisting the plot into something entirely different, and ultimately not living up to fans’ expectations. Thankfully, the new Sonic movie turns that precedent around completely, giving us a film that long-time fans can enjoy as well as people who’ve never heard of the blue hedgehog in their life. With witty humor and thrilling action sequences that the whole family can enjoy, Sonic the Hedgehog completely lives up to the hype.
After being forced out of his homeworld by power-hungry creatures wanting to steal his power, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) moved to Earth, living in secret near a small town in Montana. But after he accidentally causes a giant power surge to sweep through the western states, Sonic has to partner up with local cop Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) to escape the clutches of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and recover his magic rings. He must travel to San Francisco, dodging Robotnik’s evil inventions along the way. Unfortunately, since Earth is no longer safe, he has to leave as soon as he’s recovered his rings, so Tom decides to help him finish his bucket list on the trip.
Jim Carrey does a great job of playing Dr. Robotnik and made the whole audience laugh with his hilarious mannerisms and goofy shenanigans. For a villain, he sure knew a lot of interesting dance moves and the contrast between the extreme outfits and the hilarious scenes did the original Robotnik complete justice.
It’s also worth mentioning that the first trailer did little to reassure viewers that Paramount wasn’t going to “mess up” the movie, and most Sega fans were displeased at the way that Sonic was animated. Hearing the dissonance the trailer caused, Paramount completely reanimated Sonic to look more like his video game self, which appeared in a later trailer that fans were much happier about. This gesture makes it clear that the movie wasn’t just a cash grab, but a film that wanted to appeal to the people who have always loved Sonic.
This film uses a mixture of lively, laugh-out-loud comedy and heart-stopping action to appeal to both newcomers and people who have loved Sonic since his debut game in 1991. For old fans, there are tons of easter eggs calling back to the original games, but they don’t get in the way of the movie itself. This movie is completely clean and perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.
While light-hearted, this isn’t a movie filled with cheap jokes and no plot. The plot matches up with the past Sonic lore and has the characteristics of a true adventure movie. I love how this film combines the hilarity of a Marvel movie with the self-mockery that comes with making a movie about a hyper blue alien. This movie definitely doesn’t attempt to take itself seriously, which keeps the audience hooked. There was also a small hint at the end towards a sequel movie, alluding to possibly seeing more characters from the Sonic universe in the future, which fans are excited about.
Sonic the Hedgehog defies the bad video game-movie norm and leaves the audience with a great impression of the directions Paramount will be taking with the little blue hedgehog in the future.