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Review: 'Sonic The Hedgehog' Isn't As Bad As You've Heard

by Derek Deskins
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 19, 2020
Review: 'Sonic The Hedgehog' Isn't As Bad As You've Heard

Whenever something becomes successful, it inevitably gets to the point where crowds begin to muse: But what if it was a movie? It's a fun game to play, to fan-cast the cinematic version of your favorite property, but I'm not sure this is a game that is entirely worth it. Here's the thing: Not everything should be a movie. This could not apply more forcefully than in the case of video games. I can't recall a single video game property that has yielded a film that was worth the struggle. "Sonic the Hedgehog" is no exception.

Sonic is an adorable blue extraterrestrial hedgehog with the ability to move at supersonic speeds. When an enemy tribe discovers his powers, our little cerulean friend is forced to abandon his home and go into hiding on Earth. After ten years of living in secrecy in Montana, Sonic's loneliness gets the better of him and he inadvertently reveals himself. Now being hunted by the nefarious Dr. Robotnik, Sonic must turn to the local sheriff (and new friend) Tom to help him escape the government's evil clutches.

There was a time when making a "Sonic" movie made all sorts of sense. Back when Nintendo was the gaming system for every man, the SEGA Genesis was the system of the cool kid. While Nintendo had its pudgy plumber mascot, SEGA's was cuter and faster. We watched as "Super Mario Bros." was a complete failure and our tiny cyan buddy only got an animated series. But this was all in the early 90s, is now really the time for movie Sonic?

The thing is, "Sonic the Hedgehog" isn't actually that bad. It's sweet, cute, goofy, and unendingly silly. It just feels purposeless. The comedy is broad and most of the jokes are borderline groan-inducing. Jim Carrey is on 90s/00s autopilot and his old schtick feels tired. The plot is as ridiculous as it seems and yet somehow lacks self-awareness. This is a movie that frequently makes jokes at the expense of Olive Garden, while itself being the Olive Garden of movies. And don't even get me started on the fact that a SEGA movie has its bad guy rock a Nintendo Power Glove for the entire runtime.

The Blu-ray release puts in some effort to make itself worthwhile. It includes plenty of filler extras, mostly in the form of deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes marketing materials. But just like the movie itself, the Blu-ray is at its best when it features the voice of Sonic: Ben Schwartz. Schwartz shines particularly brightly on the feature commentary, where his off-the-cuff sense of humor and easy charisma yield more laughs than the movie's script. "Sonic the Hedgehog" has enough to keep the younger watchers in your house entertained while never rising above the quality of "fine".

"Sonic the Hedgehog"
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital

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