Sonic the Hedgehog Review

Courtesy Paramount Pictures

I was always more of a Mario guy growing up, most of my exposure to the Sonic franchise coming from playing the Mario and Sonic at The Olympic Games series, but even I must admit it was oddly satisfying to see the Sega logo on the big screen. Sonic the Hedgehog is a pleasant surprise; I liked the film more than I thought I would. 

Everyone’s favorite blue hedgehog, Sonic, lives a quiet and lonely life on Earth, where he must hide. One night, when Sonic becomes frustrated with his situation, he loses control of his power and emits a super electromagnetic pulse which catches the eye of the U.S. government. Scientific genius, Dr. Robotnik, is enlisted by the government to discover Sonic, but the evil doctor has more in mind – he wants to find the source of Sonic’s power and attain it for himself. Meanwhile, Sonic, desperate to escape Earth, must find the magic rings he’s lost, and with the help of a local sheriff. Gotta go fast. 

Sonic the Hedgehog’s biggest strength is its seemingly self-aware; it is a videogame-based buddy comedy that never takes itself too seriously. This allows for a lot of nonsensical fun. The jokes, the dialogue, the characters even, are mostly juvenile and dumb, but in a good way. Remember the Quicksilver scene from Days of Future Past? Well, Sonic did it better. And what better way to open up a film about Sonic than with the classic “you’re probably wondering how I got here?” narrated freezeframe? I hesitate to call this a “so bad it’s good” film, because it honestly might just be good. 

Ben Schwartz does a fantastic job as the voice of Sonic and bringing the character to life; the animation redesign looks much better too (afterwards, I looked at a side by side comparison of the original design with the new one and the improvement is glaring). James Marsden is also charmingly likeable as Tom, the cop who bonds with Sonic. But the true star of the show is Jim Carrey, who I was glad to see return swimmingly well to his manic roots. As the villain Dr. Robotnik, who some of you may recognize as Dr. Eggman, Carrey comically boasts of his superior intelligence and is very physical in his performance; he is a perfect fit to such an in-your-face role. 

Sonic the Hedgehog won’t win any awards, nor change the way we see film forever, but it did surpass low expectations with flying colors. After making $70 million at the box office this past President’s Day weekend, coupled with a sequel-hinting ending that would make Marvel proud, I believe Sonic the Hedgehog Two is on the horizon and I look forward to it…truly. 7/10

Author: Teddy Frederick

Movies have been my passion since I was a young teenager. I had realized how much I loved going to the theater and watching something on the big screen, and I wanted to feel that sensation as often as possible. I began seeing as many movies as my schedule and wallet could allow, and in wanting to give back to the film community and myself, I wrote film reviews. I first posted them under the audience reviews of Rotten Tomatoes; if I ever go back to those posts now I cringe at the writer I used to be. In 2018, I had the idea to start my own space to post my content and thus Movie Reviews Today was born. I am a film and media studies student at Arizona St. University. I am also a three-year shift supervisor with Starbucks. My hope is to soak up as many movies and movie knowledge as I can moving forward and to share my passion with my readers.

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