After years of development and another year after altering the horrific initial character design, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ has finally arrived! The most surprising fact about this film, it’s actually…..Good!
With dazzling effects, a heartfelt story, fun action scenes, and a lot of comedy thanks to Jim Carrey (“Ace Ventura”, “Dumb And Dumber”), “Sonic” comes away as a big winner.
With this being his first time behind the camera for a big budget film, Jeff Fowler exceeds all expectations. Even though the film is set in the real world, it definitely felt like a continuation from 2019’s “Detective Pikachu“.
From the opening scene in Sonic’s world, I felt the love that this production team for this material. It looked exactly like the 90s video game and I couldn’t help but smile.
Ben Schwartz (“Parks And Recreation (TV)”, “Star Wars: Force Awakens“) was perfectly cast as the Blue Blur. His energy was infectious, even though it felt like the script let him down at certain points of the film.
Schwartz may have been cast for his exceptional comedic talents, but he was at his best when it came time for the heartfelt moments. He embodied a loneliness and longing through a character that was never known for an emotional arc in the self-titled video games.
James Marsden (“Westworld (TV)”) and Tika Sumpter (“The Old Man and the Gun“) are fine as the two leads Tom and Maddie Wachowski but didn’t feel necessary in the film. They were mostly used as things to get Sonic from point A to point B, so if the writers meant for that to happen, then job well done.
For example, Sonic needs Tom to take him across the country since he doesn’t know how to go West. I understand it was a throwaway part of the story, but could have been written a little more clever. Another scene involved Sonic having to find his rings but can’t run along the side of the building. In the next scene, he is running down the building to get to Tom and Maddie.
Those scenes didn’t matter too much, because again this film was about Sonic not Tom and Maddie. The writers did the right thing by making this about the character and not use him as the background character. I am looking at you 2014’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!’
Now we get to the prime reason this movie was so much better than it was, Jim Carrey!
Carrey embodied every role he played in the 90’s and made Dr. Robotnik the perfect cartoon villain stuck in a real person. It was like they told him that he can do whatever he wanted to do and just film it. I really hope we see him let loose in films to come. He is the prime reason why a sequel should be greenlit sooner rather than later. I want to see what kind of madness he creates next.