Well, it happened. I went to see the newly released Sonic the Hedgehog movie, and honestly, it was better than I was expecting it to be.
So, to start, it’s worth noting that they fixed the horrific original design they showed in the initial trailers.
Now Sonic resembles his sprite from the Sega games as opposed to looking like some strange fusion of a Kobold from Dungeons and Dragons and Steve Buscemi.
Ben Schwartz does an excellent job of portraying Sonic. Voicing him with a tone that’s just annoying enough to evoke the blue blur from his stint as an animated cartoon character without pushing it too far into the grating and unbearable territory, which seeing as this is a Sonic movie, could’ve been extremely easy to do.
Almost all the non-CG characters saved all the annoying acting.
James Marsden, as Sonic’s new best friend Thomas Michael “Tom” Wachowski, is not great. I got an “I’m trying really hard to be funny here” vibe from him. All the kids in the audience loved it, but as a nearly 30-year-old man who whispered to the person behind the ticket counter that he was buying a ticket to the Sonic movie, I was having none of the humor.
Admittedly, there are a couple of jokes in the film that got a legit chuckle out of me.
Tika Sumpter, who plays Maddie Wachowski, Tom’s wife, is mostly pushed off until the final act of the movie because I guess the director forgot that she was a character. I honestly did too, which sucks because I think her character is a great addition and a good contrast to how much of a try-hard goofball that Marsden is.
The best part of this movie, as predicted, was Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik.
If it weren’t for him being in this movie, it would’ve been terrible. He chews up every single scene that he’s in and is incredible to watch. His entire performance oozes 90s Jim Carrey, and his mannerisms are straight out of The Mask. I’m not sure how much love Jim Carrey has for the Sonic franchise or if he even has any at all (I wouldn’t be surprised if he did though. My man is into death metal of all things), but the way that Carrey plays Robotnik shows that he at least has a lot of love for the character. He brings a ton of fun to a movie that honestly has no business being as good as it is, and without him, in it, there’s no way I’d be saying this many nice things.
View this post on Instagram
I honestly went into this movie expecting it to be horrible, which is why I went to see it at my local Alamo Drafthouse with the mindset that I’d at least still get a pretty good meal out of it.
I left thinking, “Hey, that wasn’t that bad,” which is more than anyone can say about any Sonic the Hedgehog game released after Sonic CD.
I’m not sure that Sonic the Hedgehog is a movie that I can wholeheartedly recommend since it’s catered towards younger kids, but I will say its at least worth seeing once for Jim Carrey’s performance alone.