Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

Based on the 1991 Sega video game character, Sonic the Hedgehog follows a lightning fast blue hedgehog hiding out in the town of Green Hills. After he’s discovered by the government, Sonic finds himself being hunted by the ruthless Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). The only people that can help Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) are Tom aka Doughnut Lord (James Marsden) and his wife Maddie aka Pretzel Lady (Tika Sumpter).

Tom and Maddie help Sonic evade the government, collect his rings, and stop Dr. Robotnik from stealing his powers.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a fantastic video game adaptation. There are elements of the classic video game sprinkled throughout as the film follows Sonic navigating his life on Earth. We get a look at the Clan of Echidna, Sonic using his super speed, Robotnik’s drones, and lots of rings.

The star of Sonic isn’t the “blue devil”, its Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik. Jim Carrey is a comedic genius and all of his skills are on display as Robotnik. This is Carrey’s best comedic performance since Bruce Almighty. His performance is ridiculously over the top and a reminder of how talented Carrey is. Hopefully this performance will lead to moviegoers seeing more of Carrey on the big screen.

Sonic’s action scenes are highlighted in the trailer, and rightfully so. What makes this film work ins’t the CGI action scenes, its the bond Tom and Sonic form over the duration of the film. Marsden has amazing chemistry with whoever or whatever he’s looking at during those scenes.

The super talented Natasha Rothwell steals scenes as Maddie’s sister. She’s hilarious and delivers some of the best jokes in the film.

Sonic the Hedgehog is a predictable kid’s movie that manages to be a delightful 100 mins of comedy, action, and some emotion. The pop culture jokes in the script will make the film feel dated over time, but they don’t interrupt the enjoyment and energy they bring to the film. The post credit scene is the perfect lead into a sequel, and something fans of the game will love. Let’s hope Sonic 2 is just as fun.

Grade: B-