The world needed a hero, we got a hedgehog. Superpowered with speed, Sonic races to save the world and stop evil genius Dr. Robotnik from world domination. Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz and James Marsden star in the adventure the whole family will enjoy.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
This was a great movie about an alien from another world wanting a friend....I know it's been done but not with Sonic. This movie and Detective Pikachu definitely broke the video game into movies curse that has plagued us since....[shudders] Super Mario Bros. Jim Carrey was a perfect Dr. Robotnik and Ben Schwartz was the ideal voice for our iconic blue blue. Definitely worth seeing again and again hoping for a sequel
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2020
"Sonic the Hedgehog" had four major things going against it. First, it's a movie based on a videogame, which are notorious for not understanding nor caring for the source material. Second, it's a live-action/CGI hybrid, which are generally lazy and uninspired. Third, it came out several years after the character had major relevance, which reeks of nostalgia exploiting. And fourth, the design for the titular character was terrible. It's quite telling how, against all expectations, it managed to push through every single one of these issues.
The most obvious is, of course, the character redesign. After literally everyone on Earth was horrified by the original design, they decided to change it. A lot of people think that was some sort of publicity stunt, but the reality points to the director using the negative feedback to change what was undoubtedly a studio-mandated decision.
As for the other points... I'll say it outright. This movie doesn't break any new ground, but what it does it does right and isn't content with delivering a paint-by-numbers product. If you've seen any other movies of this kind (such as The Smurfs or Alvin and the Chipmunks), you can already guess how the plot is going to play out. Unlike those movies, though, this one doesn't insult your intelligence.
There are a lot of familiar tropes in this movie, but they're actually well thought out. Yes, Sonic seems obsessed with current pop culture, but there's a valid reason given for it. Yes, Sonic goes into a road trip with a human rather than using his abilities, but there's a clever (though subtle) explanation for it. A lot of familiar territory is covered with attractive scenery as to make the trip more interesting.
The humor in this movie is actually pretty clever rather than the usual "it's for kids, and they'll laugh at anything" excuse (save for the inevitable fart joke, which is likely another studio decision), and the references to the source material are interesting and respectful.
Extra points have to be given to the villain. Villains are rarely the high points of these movies, but this is a major exception. Not only Jim Carrey's Dr. Robotnik is a proper representation of the original, he actually elevates him. And yes, he's bloody hilarious.
A couple of subplots are introduced and then completely ignored, but in general the story is well written and well acted. There are no annoying characters, which is extremely rare for this kind of film. And while Sonic'a new design is a bit more cartoonish than the first one, it meshes much better with the real world by virtue of acting and animation.
This movie is not particularly original, but it's certainly very entertaining. Parents tend to roll their eyes and groan at how awful these movies tend to be, but this time they're likely to be at least as entertained as the kids, and likely even more.
If you're complaining about a Sonic movie being aimed at kids, get a life. What were you expecting? It's a fun, sweet movie that takes you out of the real world for 90 minutes, like it was intended to do. Jim Carrey plays the heel really well and will probably get better in the follow ups if they make them. Lots of fun easter eggs for folks who grew up playing the games. Come on people. Lighten up. It's a Sonic the Hedgehog movie for crying out loud.
The 4.5 star rating is baffling and extremely misleading. We are family fans of both Sonic and Jim Carrey, but this was a stunningly bad movie, disorganized and frequently incoherent. We really don't write bad reviews, but decided to make an exception since it was also expensive and not even available for rent. Enjoy our $20 I guess.
As other reviewers have mentioned, this film had a lot going against it, the most significant being the now-notorious initial design of Sonic. That first look was so hideous that it alone could have sunk this film. The other major obstacle was the stigma surrounding movies based on video games, which tend to vary in quality between awful and unwatchable (Super Mario Bros, anyone?). There was also the collective groan from Sonic fans when the trailers showed that it is yet another CGI / live-action hybrid set in the modern world; which has been seriously done to death. All that said, the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was nothing short of a delight! The human characters have their own story arc, which unlike most other CGI / live-action films is more of a side-story than the main plot. They were also very likable and did not distract from Sonic, who never ceases being the centre of the story. Ben Schwartz also completely embodies the character. I cannot watch the old Sonic cartoons or listen to the audio sequences in the later games now, as the voices are uninspiring by comparison. And yes, I do agree with the general consensus that Jim Carey is completely on-form as Doctor Robotnik. It's 'Classic Carey' taken to 11, yet it also remains restrained within the character, and never felt like he was overshadowing Sonic. While ostensibly a kids' movie, it is still very entertaining for adults (my wife and I don't even have kids and we enjoyed it). The story is pretty straightforward, but if / when it gets a sequel, the ending leaves it open for a complete expansion of the Sonic Universe. Overall, a fun and delightful film.
This movie is graet, I had no high expectations for this but left with high hopes for the next Movie. The catch at the end (No spoilers) made me even more hipe for Sonic 2 [if ever or Disney dosn't get jelly an kill it]. Jim karry play Doctor Egg-man aka Robotnic perfic and the voice acter form sonic sounds spot on. If I must say one bad thing about the movie is the games made it clear that everyone not from his world sees Sonice like a normal Hedgehog much like the seans from spunge bob when hes out of water. All in All its a Graet Movie full stars.