This long weekend I took in the family friendly film Sonic the Hedgehog based on the popular Sega video game, which stars Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Ben Schwartz (voice of Sonic). Going in I wasn’t sure what to expect from the film, especially as I am not exactly the demographic for this film, but it was enjoyable bringing a smile to my face and I could hear the children’s laughter throughout the movie. The redesign of Sonic was much needed, and would have taken away from the comedy of the film.
As I mentioned it made me and the audience laugh and that came from the great jobs of all three stars, especially with Marsden and Schwartz who had great chemistry despite never actually filming together. This movie brought back the charismatic Jim Carrey we fell in love with in the 90’s, bringing his unique spin on the character Dr. Robotnic. The supporting cast notably Natasha Rothwell, as Tom’s (Marsden) Sister in-law, was able to provide solid laughs and round out the film. One of the highest praises I think you can give a movie intended for children is that adults will like it as well, and Sonic doesn’t go for the big cheap dirty jokes that will go over kids heads.
Sonic isn’t the most original family movie and falls into some predictable patterns but it doesn’t need to be super original to work. It made it’s connections to the popular video game it is based on and related it into a good story for the movie. If you watch it and enjoy it, it does leave itself open for a sequel should they decide to go that route.
Overall I give it 7.5/10.