Movie Review – ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

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! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Movie Review – ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’

  1. Timelord 007

    You know i played Sonic religiously in the 90’s on my Sega Megadrive & i was looking forward to the movie until i seen who was cast as Dr Robotnik…..NO…NO.NOOOOOOOOOOOOO Not him not that buffoon who ruined Batman Forever with his over the top face gurning overacting…….Jim bloody Carrey.

    “You put that Riddler quote in to get a reaction from me didn’t you? Lol”

    I’ll watch this on Sky when shown that way i can mute Jim Carreys scenes or fast forward them lol.

    Good review Tim.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Actually, I didn’t know you played Sonic religiously in the 1990s. I should’ve guessed mind since you’re into video games. I’ve heard it can be pretty hard to play with Sonic being super-fast. 😀

      Oh come on, Jim Carrey wasn’t that bad in the movie. He had his moments of being over-the-top but then again what do you expect? There are times when he can be subdued and quite menacing. I found him entertaining to watch as Dr. Robotnik. I should’ve known Jim Carrey being in this movie would get a reaction out of you. 😀

      Yes, yes! Of course the Riddler quote was meant for you, Timelord! How could I have resisted putting it in? 😀

      Apparently this movie has done well in terms of the box office with being the second-highest-grossing film in two weeks. I’m disappointed they didn’t include Gangsta’s Paradise from the film’s first trailer as I found that catchy. Oh the outcry fans had when reacting to Sonic’s original design.

      Many thanks for your comments, Simon. Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ despite Jim Carrey being in it. 😀

      Tim. 🙂

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  2. Media Lover

    Great review Tim.

    I missed seeing this film in the cinema, but I eventually bought it on Blu-Ray, watched it, and boy was it worth it. Even Jim Carrey’s peformance as Eggman was intriguing. I do however think that there could have been other candidates for the role such as Brian ‘Gordon’s Alive!’ Blessed. I wonder what that would have been like. I also wonder what the sequel will hold for us.

    I grew up playing Sonic the Hedgehog games which obviously cemented my interest in watching this film. I like Super Mario as well, although his first movie outing was a flop. Then again, there is another Mario movie in the works so we’ll see how that goes.

    I have linked a list of Sonic tv shows for you to have a look at to perhaps make you remember which one you saw as a kid.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sonic_the_Hedgehog_features

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi ML.

      It’s funny you should talk about this movie. I’ve recently done a new review on the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie, which should be on my blog in a couple of weeks’ time.

      Glad you enjoyed my current review and glad you enjoyed the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ movie on Blu-ray recently. Very pleased you enjoyed Jim Carrey. That’s an interesting casting idea – Brian Blessed as Robotnik. I’m sure he’d fit the part splendidly. 😀

      I’ve not seen the original Super Mario movie yet. That’s with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, isn’t it? I might see the new Mario movie someday when it comes out.

      Thanks for the Wikipedia link. I’ll keep it handy to refer to in terms of other Sonic media.

      Many thanks for your comments,

      Tim. 🙂

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