Many people grew up with a specific video game franchise like Super Mario or Halo. I grew up with Sega’s prized mascot Sonic the Hedgehog.
I don’t exaggerate when I say I’ve played about 99% of the titles featuring the chilidog loving protagonist!
My love for the series slowly died down following the infamous Sonic of ’06, but the nostalgia remained. Upon hearing the announcement that there would be a movie about the Blue Blur, I was very nervous.
Movies adapting a game franchise don’t work out well for the most part like DOOM or Hitman, but there are some diamonds in the rough such as last year’s Detective Pikachu, which coincidentally had the same visual effect team that was working on Sonic the Hedgehog.
Knowing that information had me at ease until I saw the first trailer for the movie. Sonic looked terrifying, and I take back everything I’ve ever said about his Sonic Boom redesign as I wondered what the company could’ve possibly been thinking by giving Sonic realistic proportions.
The visual effects team were met with severe backlash and were practically forced to change Sonic’s design. Several months later, we were gifted with Sonic’s redesign and he looked great!
I still didn’t have high hopes for the movie, but this redesign would at least make it watchable.
Sadly, the visual effects team responsible for the movie and Detective Pikachu were collectively laid off a couple months before the movie was even released, so at this point I and many others felt obligated to see the movie for the people who spent months making Sonic look better.
I went into Sonic the Hedgehog with a little hope and came out feeling like I did at the height of my fandom years ago.
I was very pleased with this movie and feel like it’s the best thing to come out of the Sonic franchise since Sonic Heroes.
I didn’t think I would enjoy Sonic’s voice actor, Ben Schwartz, as he’s not the one currently used for the games, which is Roger Craig Smith, but he really encapsulated Sonic’s hyper personality and I hope he makes a returning role here in the near future.
Jim Carrey played a great Doctor Robotnik, and I loved to hate him. He was cartoonishly evil and he stole the show in every scene he was in.
I had some nostalgia for the old Sonic show’s version of Robotnik every time he did something weird on screen and I was hoping he’d say, “I hate that hedgehog!” at least once.
The visual effects were nice, and it saddens me that the effects team is getting laid off because those are some talented people.
As far as the plot goes, it’s simple enough. I don’t want to say too much, but it takes Sonic and his new partner on a chase to retrieve a lost item while avoiding trouble along the way.
It’s not convoluted, just good old-fashioned Sonic fun like in the games! Watching the movie with a previous admiration for the Sonic games really helped me enjoy this movie more as there were small references to the series that made me chuckle, but would a non-fan enjoy the movie?
You don’t need to know anything about the story of the games to understand anything that goes on because the movie does a good job of explaining the plot.
Sonic flosses a couple of times in the movie which made me cringe but it’s primarily a kid’s movie, so I’ll let it pass.
The human characters were thankfully tolerable, I liked James Marsden’s character, Tom. He and Sonic had a good chemistry and it doesn’t leave you saying, I wanted more Sonic.
Make sure to stay for the mid-credit scene, it was the cherry on top of the movie.
Overall, I loved Sonic the Hedgehog, and I highly recommend seeing it because it’s a gift that keeps on giving for fans and newcomers alike.