No doubt if you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s playing video games you’ve been a little hesitant about seeing the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie that is coming out in theaters. From the awkward original design of the 3D animated character, to the redesign created just to appease fans. But with a video game series, comic books and more spanning over 30 years – fans have no doubt worried about this new edition to the franchise, even with some big names behind it.
The SEGA inspired movie is being released in time for Valentine’s day and will win over the hearts of even the hardest critics since Paramount has taken great care with the beloved franchise and characters.
How Sonic The Hedgehog Wins Audiences Over
When you watch the trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog, you may instantly think that the movie is geared just for children. But it walks the delicate balance between a kids movie and enough references and jokes for long time fans and even parents that are being dragged to the movie.
The movie has hidden jokes throughout, references to the game and cartoon we grew up watching and enough action to keep the story moving. It doesn’t lag and isn’t boring and while there are a few fart jokes through the movie – it doesn’t rely on them for more than a cheap laugh. The relationships between characters are clear and well developed (except one sister in law) and the casting of the characters is done well to round out the movie.
Jim Carrey Brings Back His Overacting Abilities
It seems like it’s been a while since Jim Carrey has brought out some of his more crazy acting skills. But in Sonic the Hedgehog he brings back the physical acting that he achieved fame for with Ace Ventura and The Mask. And while we tend to prefer Jim Carrey ala The Majestic and his more serious roles, it is interesting to see him pour the energy back into one of these roles. Now, we’re not a huge fan of Dr. Robotnik, that is the point – you’re not supposed to love him. It was interesting to see this side of Jim Carrey’s skill acting ability back to the screen.
The movie gives Carrey the freedom to do that crazy over acting that only he can do – and that helps build out who Robotnik is and his evolution into the evil bad guy we are all more familiar with.
References You’ll Want to Look Out For
While Sonic the Hedgehog seems to be the biggest draw, SEGA didn’t take the movie and just recreate the game and levels in movie form. From the opening credits that show clips from the original game, a town named after different game levels from the map, ring sound effects and some characters you may not see coming. The movie is a unique story that pulls references and carefully peppers them throughout the movie to keep fans happy and entertained.
Sonic Brings More to the Table
Besides bringing a fun new version of Sonic the Hedgehog to the screen, the movie is a lot of fun for kids as well as adult viewers. It has a lot of different great references throughout. With a rocking soundtrack that is well planned and will keep the action going, actors that are well paired and a lot of laughs throughout. We give it a lot of credit for having a diverse cast that helps normalize different family dynamics as well as women in jobs that girls may not usually see them in.
Walking out of the theater, fans of all ages were smiling. And we were among the fans who were pleasantly surprised with how much we liked Sonic the Hedgehog. It rivals any other video game movie, but creates it’s own place within the franchise and allows itself room to grow and spots for sequels that we know will be coming down the pipeline.
Sonic the Hedgehog will be in theaters everywhere on February 14th. It has a run time of 100 minutes and is rated PG (and only has one curse word and one implied throughout the whole movie). Be sure to stick around to the credits to get an extra scene!
About Sonic the Hedgehog:
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
Starring James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey.
Directed by Jeff Fowler. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES)