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I’ve seen the movie ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ at the cinema at last! I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie on the big screen and ended up having a fun time watching it. Yeah, it’s not a great film but compared to other movies I’ve seen, this was worth watching. So it gets my full approval here. 🙂
‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is a character that I’ve known about since the days of childhood. Sonic is a video game character from the worlds of ♪SEGA!!!!!♫ I tried to sing there! I don’t know if you noticed. 😀 I can’t recall playing ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ as a video game as I didn’t play many video games as a kid.
But I did used to see ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ cartoons once as a kid. Not sure which cartoon show I saw as there have been a few and my memories of them are hazy. Yet Sonic had an impact on me and thus why I went to see the latest 2020 live-action movie with CGI on the big screen. Quite amazing!!!
For those who don’t know, Sonic is a super-fast, blue-furred hedgehog that can talk and he battles the evil menaces of the mad scientist Dr. Robotnik. Over the years, Sonic has had many video games under his name as well as TV cartoon shows and a few animated films. Most of them vary in quality.
The 2020 movie I saw has Sonic living a life on our world for 10 years after escaping his own world from people chasing after him. He soon teams up with local town sheriff, Tom Wachowski, to find and reclaim his lost rings in order to escape from the manic Dr. Robotnik who desires to capture him.
Like I said, the movie isn’t that great. It’s a comedy adventure but it wasn’t laugh-out-loud comedy full of jokes as you’d expect. But the story was pretty straight-forward and was audience-friendly for those who don’t know much about Sonic. Also, this is a movie that did feel like ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’.
I know that sounds strange to say, but before this movie was released, there was an outcry from Sonic fans who disapproved of the original Sonic design in the first official film trailer. The film was also meant to come out in November 2019. That got changed when a Sonic redesign was demanded.
Thus we got the film released in February 2020 instead and we have a Sonic who looks very much like the one from the video games as well as the cartoon shows. I was expecting this to be a bad film. I thought there’d be things wrong with this film in that it featured terrible jokes and dreadful writing.
As it turned out, it wasn’t like that. The film was pretty engaging to watch and had some nice character-driven moments. Sonic, voiced by Ben Schwartz, is a fun-loving character who’s fast on his feet and easy to make friends with. I enjoyed the camaraderie he shared with Tom Wachowski here.
Speaking of which, James Marsden stars as Tom Wachowski, the police sheriff who befriends Sonic and helps him to get to San Francisco to find his lost rings. James Marsden is well-known for playing Cyclops in the ‘X-Men’ movies as well as starring in ‘Superman Returns’. I enjoyed him in this movie.
The film also features Jim “BATMAN? BATMAN, YOU SAY?! COMING FOR YOU?! HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO!” Carrey as Dr. Robotnik! Once I knew Jim Carrey was in this movie, I knew I was going to have a good time. Yeah he didn’t match to Robotnik in the video games, but he was really good playing him.
The cast also features Tika Sumpter as Maddie Wachowski, Tom’s wife; Lee Majdoub as Agent Stone who works for Robotnik; Natasha Rothwell as Rachie, Maddie’s sister who dislikes Tom and Adam Pally as Wade Whipple, who is Tom’s police officer friend. There’s also Neal McDonough as Major Bennington; Tom Butler as Commander Walters and Frank C. Turner as Crazy Carl. All are very good.
The film does feel like its setting things up for a sequel, especially towards the end. What with Jim Carrey looking more like Dr. Robotnik from the video game and cartoons towards the end of the film as well as a cameo appearance of Tails, a character from the ‘Sonic’ video games and cartoon shows.
So yeah! ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ was a lot of fun to watch! I highly recommend this as a good, action-packed children’s film based on the video game franchise. It feels like it’s a film faithfully based on the source material and it has superb performances from the likes of James Marsden and Jim Carrey.
I look forward to seeing this sequel of this movie! I hope there’ll be a ‘Crash Bandicoot’ movie sometime soon! 🙂
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Bye for now!