Sonic the Hedgehog

‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ is based on the very popular Sega video game. Debuting on gaming platforms in 1991, it has spawned a plethora of merchandising and TV series. ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ made its live-action film debut earlier this year after a long development. It’s difficult getting a game-to-screen story right, as ‘Super Mario Bros’ and others would attest. This is one of the more successful entries in the genre with its all ages entertainment as much fun and fast moving as the game from which it originated.

Sonic is the world’s fastest hedgehog. Coming from a far away galaxy, he is happy to call Earth home. Upon arrival he makes a new friend in policeman Tom (James Marsden). Eager to protect his new home, Sonic is faced with the dastardly wickedness of evil scientist Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Plotting world domination, Dr. Robotnik wants it all. Only a hedgehog’s mighty fast manoeuvring can save the day as Sonic races towards saving his friends from doom.

You shouldn’t expect a fantastic script from ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’. It’s quite predictable with story elements seen countless times. In its favour are the great performances and overall tone. Whilst this is definitely a children’s film, adults should get a kick out of it. The performer having the most fun, unsurprisingly, is Carrey, whose manic scientist steals the show. He’s always been a scene stealer and it’s great seeing Carrey cutting loose in a silly role.

Sonic himself is well rendered, with the CGI being up to scratch. Themes of loneliness and friendship are not too heavily rammed home with the screenplay mainly interested in the cat and mouse game between Sonic and Dr. Robotnik. The wild gadgets he deploys to catch Sonic mirror the careful creativity of the animators and Jeff Fowler’s steady direction. Those versed in the game may also get an added bonus of spotting the gaming references scattered throughout.

If you’re in the right frame of mind, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ can be amusing entertainment. It gives you what you expect along with the occasional surprise. With sequels already planned, fans of the character should be pleased their gaming hero has been brought so vividly to colourful life.

Rating out of 10: 7


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