Verdict: A fun family film about the adventures of the lovable blue hedgehog.
Hollywood loves making video game adaptations and it was only going to be so long before SEGA’s Sonic came to the big screen. The first trailer wasn’t well-received but the filmmakers took the criticism well and postponed the release to work on making Sonic look better. Now, after months of wait, Sonic The Hedgehog has finally arrived in theaters in India a few weeks after its U.S. release.
What’s Sonic The Hedgehog About:
After being chased from his homeland because of his extraordinary powers, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) travels to another world with the help of a ring that turns into a portal. He eventually finds his home on Earth in the small town of Green Hills where he’s successfully stayed hidden for ten years. When he accidentally blows out the power grid, it gets the attention of the U.S. government who send the eccentric Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to investigate. Sonic then gets the help of policeman Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) to escape the clutches of the mad scientist and find the portal rings that have accidentally been lost in San Francisco.
The film opens with baby Sonic who’s simply adorable. The grown-up Sonic also has its charm, making the delay in the film’s release to improve the character design worth it. Ben Schwartz who voices the character has done a good job of portraying Sonic as an energetic child. We get to see Sonic zooming around to Queen in the background and even get scenes of him moving things around while the rest of the world is slowed down, much like Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of the Future Past.
James Marsden plays the likable good guy with conviction and his dynamic with Sonic is fun to watch. He’s the grown-up showing the hedgehog alien the world while also being awed by his powers. Jim Carrey gives a stunning performance as Dr. Robotnik, combining evilness with goofiness. The film utilizes Carrey and even gives him an extended sequence to play up his physical comedy.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The film has a predictable plot and doesn’t hold many surprises with dialogues being a bit cliche and the minor characters being one-dimensional. The film does comedy well but the emotional moments don’t quite hit the mark.
Why You Should Watch:
Sonic The Hedgehog is a fun film to watch with your family and younger audiences will particularly enjoy the energy of the film. It’s also worth a watch if you are a Jim Carrey fan and want to see the actor play up his strengths.
P.S. Stay back for a mid-credits scene.