Let’s start with some honesty: I was just as terrified of Sonic The Hedgehog both as a movie and as a furry creature when the first trailer dropped. Internet collectively sighed and deemed it destined for failure. Twitter hashtags were created, video essays were made and petitions were started to convince the studio to do it all over again. And for the first time a studio listened and gathered some money to redesign Sonic. What we got out of it is a movie that’s better than it had any right to be.
Man, Ben Schwartz is so good as the voice of Sonic. He executes all of his speech patterns, loud versus quiet moments and dictions properly, never making it seem like too much improv but just enough improv. Overall the cast does a tight job: Jim Carrey (as Dr. Robotnik) gets some hit-or-miss jokes from the writers but his physical comedy is much better than it’s been in a long time since this doesn’t rely on cheap slapstick. James Marsden (Tom) does as good as he can acting against nothing really but good for him not acting too softly even then. Sonic’s CGI redesign is also a success as it’s not a distraction anymore, it actually looks slick when there are camera movements.
I can’t remember a film in near past that was this atrocious with its product placement. It’s just not one brand but it’s several (won’t name them since it was such a downer), the jokes about them don’t land and neither does the scenes work because of them. Bringing them back at the end makes it even worse. Other than that it does run into some traps that’ll make parts of it feel outdated, notably the flossing dance which happens twice (yes, twice!). Luckily that is somewhat balanced with nods to things that stood the test of time such as the Flash comics and Keanu Reeves (yay). When put all together, Sonic The Hedgehog is a pretty harmless movie which is good time for kids and not too insufferable to adults next to them. You might even chuckle here or there.
Smileys: Ben Schwartz, creature design
Frowneys: Product placement
Since there were pop culture references, Tom’s wife should’ve been named Hannah. Hannah from Montana.