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'Sonic The Hedgehog' Review

Brett Nichols

Posted on March 1, 2020 21:03

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A review for the 2020 film 'Sonic the Hedgehog.' While it does have some glaring flaws, the film is overall entertaining for kids and nostalgic SEGA fans alike, with its original spin on Sonic, great performances by its cast, and callbacks only some of the most dedicated fans will appreciate.

With any great video game franchise, there occasionally comes an executive decision by video game companies to corroborate with a movie studio to put a famed game icon into a hopefully lucrative film adaptation. This is typically done with a looser association with the original content but enough to vaguely resemble that product, though, not without flops. We have had the fever dreams of films with names represented like Mario, Prince of Persia, Hitman, Doom, and several iterations of Mortal Kombat films (that’s right, combat with a "K").

However, we have also seen some interesting contenders as well, such as the likes of Detective Pikachu, which captivated fans of the Pokemon games and new viewers alike with its story and wonderfully immerse atmosphere, in addition to films around the themes of games like the successful Wreck-it Ralph or the strange and unwarranted Pixels.

Now in 2020, after a several month delay due to an overhaul of the hyperrealistic and nightmare-inducing human teeth of the Sonic shown in trailers in 2019, Sonic the Hedgehog must find its place within the honorable and dishonorable hall of video game movies.

So where does Sonic lie within this hall of fame/infamy? Well, while the film is not perfect in the slightest, its great balance of originality, good sense of humor, and honor to the source material places Sonic the Hedgehog in the hall of good in video game movies.

Much like Detective Pikachu, it leaves the SEGA fangirls and boys with enough nostalgia to both enjoy the new and old elements of Sonic within the movie, and for children and newcomers, it provides a new outlet for them to see why the hyper hedgehog has been so admired throughout the decades.

Ben Schwartz, as Sonic, is a perfect mix between the characters’ quick wit that adds an element of lovable appeal that, while it isn’t usually associated with the character, it flows naturally and believably with Schwartz’s on-point performance. Dr. Robotnik (Eggman), played by Jim Carrey, is a wonderful return to form for the actor, incorporating his funny hijinks into the iconic mustached villain, but much like Sonic is given some overhaul. Instead of the sort of one-note villain Eggman is known to be, Carrey’s take on the character is an eccentric and introverted genius that grandstands on his intelligence to allow for seemingly funny and somewhat unnerving moments between him Sonic and Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) –  the recently promoted officer that is in over his head in helping the blue blur.

While there may be an at times lackluster soundtrack, some awkward ad placements, outdated cliches, and even a Fortnight dance, the unique charm of the characters and tone of the film all come together to bring a well-realized iteration of Sonic on the big screen. 

The change to Sonic's look also is a great addition. The fact that children can actually watch the film without their childhood being ruined altogether should be considered a plus.

Brett Nichols

Posted on March 1, 2020 21:03

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