“Sonic The Hedgehog”(2020) came out on Feb. 14 and is the first film adaptation of the titular video game character starring James Marsden, Jim Carrey and Ben Schwartz. It is about Sonic and his new friend Tom, (played by Marsden) and their adventure together that has them running away from the evil Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
If none of that makes any sense to you, it’s probably because you have never played the video game that inspired this film. As far as video game adaptations go, however, Sonic is totally located in the upper tier of the bunch. Many video game films tend to fare average to terrible with critics as well as ticket sales.
Where Sonic succeeds, and most other video game adaptations do not, is that Sonic does not try to reinvent the wheel. Similar to last year's “Detective Pikachu”, Sonicaims its target demographic towards children, allowing for a silly yet sweet adventure with bright colors and fast-paced jokes.
However, since it does not try too hard at being different, many of the plot elements and situations can be predictable. Cliches like characters “dying” when everyone knows they will come back in moments definitely demonstrate the child audience the film is going for.
It is impossible to review this film without mentioning the controversy behind it. Originally, the film was scheduled to be released in November 2019, but when the trailer was released on the internet and everyone saw the original design for their favorite blue hedgehog, the whole world unanimously clamored about how terrible the design of Sonic was.
Then, almost like an angel in the clouds, the studio decided to push back the release date and completely redesign the character to make it more in line with that of the video game. And I must say that this change was perfectly done. Although the film around it is a generic kids movie, the actual design of Sonic is adorable and easy to love. Expect many Sonic plush toys for this Christmas.
Finally, it would be a travesty to not mention Jim Carrey, who is clearly having the most fun acting since the 90’s. Seriously, this performance echoes that of “Ace Ventura” and “The Mask”. He is perfect for the quirky and maniacal sensibilities of Dr. Robotnik.
Overall, “Sonic The Hedgehog”is undeniably a film for children. Yet, Jim Carrey’s maniacal performance coupled with the fast pacing and bright special effects make this a film parents will not mind having to take their kids to.