Sonic Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog Drops its Rings

Admittedly, I was never really good at Sonic the Hedgehog (Uncharted on the other hand, I let my three platinum trophies do the talking). In Sonic 2, I had a hard time zipping around the map and I’d always drop my rings everywhere. Sonic’s movie is like me behind the Genesis controller: it’s a little all over the place.

After playing a game of baseball by himself, Sonic causes an electrical power outage in the small town where he lurks. To find the source of the power outage, the government hires Dr. Robotnik, played by Jim Carey, who will stop at nothing to destroy Sonic. While on the run from Robotnik, Sonic befriends the town’s local cop, played by James Marsden, and the two set off for an adventure.

Before we zoomed here, Paramount released a trailer last April that stunned fans around the world. Their initial design of Sonic was terrifying, for the hedgehog had sharp teeth, disconnected eyes, and an ultra slim body. After a $5 million redesign and a pushback date, we now have a more friendly looking Sonic (who can probably sell a lot of plushies).

While Sonic looks good along with the other nice CGI in the film, that’s pretty much the only bright spot. I mean let’s face it; it’s a videogame movie about a character from the 90’s. How good do you expect this thing to be?

The plot is all over the place, as Sonic asks the “Donut Lord” cop to get him to the mushroom land where the mother owl who protected him as a child told him to go to when in danger (you read that right). There’s also an Olive Garden joke that comes full circle, an intense Jim Carrey dance sequence, guacamole quips, and plenty of Sonic flossing. Yes, it truly has the makings of a videogame film.

As for Carrey, he’s just what you’d expect. Carrey’s completely over-the-top and eccentric in his role, but it does look like he had fun.

If I was five-years-old, I would’ve eaten this up and that’s who it’s for, not so much the original Sonic fans who are probably in their thirties now. It’s a kids movie and I’m sure it’ll ignite a new love for the little hedgehog. I’ll just go back to Uncharted, because at least I’m good at that.

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