Thank God they decided to change the creature design of Sonic. If they kept it, we all basically know what would’ve happened.
Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) is directed by Jeff Fowler and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
It stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, and Jim Carrey as the main villain.
Other great cast members include James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Neal McDonough.
The movie depicts the fast, speedy hedgehog named Sonic.
Strapped with powerful, bolting legs, Sonic learns to accustom himself to his new home on Earth.
One fateful night, he accidentally knocks out the power gird with his dashing speed, catching the attention of evil, scientific genius Dr. Robotnik (Dr. Eggman).
The encounter between them two then escalates into an all-out supervillain vs. supersonic race across the planet to hinder Robotnik from using Sonic’s gifts of quickness to carry out his plan of world domination.
Engaging Plot & Direction (With One Plot Hole)
I enthusiastically was thrilled by the plot and storyline of this adventure flick.
I know it’s catered more towards a younger audience, but that doesn’t really matter to me.
Throughout the narrative, I felt as if I was brought back to my childhood with all the good memories of playing my SEGA console when I was a young kid.
Fowler coherently flowed the direction where it was supposed to go.
There aren’t really any surprises, or twists and turns, as far as I can recall.
The story stuck mostly to providing a fun and entertaining experience for the average viewer.
And it definitely succeeded in accomplishing that for me, so I have no problem with how the direction of the exposition was taken.
There was one plot hole that I noticed though, which kind of irked me a bit.
This is semi-spoiler material here, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you’ve been warned.
At around the middle act, the government basically brands Tom Wachowski, played by James Marsden, a domestic terrorist.
Little side note, if the story is gonna label a character a terrorist, I would expect it to at least follow up with continuing that plot detail.
What this movie does rather, in this case, is just completely leave that hanging by the end.
I imagine Marsden’s character would experience at least a little bit of plot tension, knowing that other people now practically see him as a danger to the integrity and safety of his country.
Nope. It’s completely left out in the open by the time the movie rolls the credits.
Didn’t really understand what the point and purpose of adding that particular character drama was, but since this is a kids’ movie, I guess it doesn’t really matter.
The writing specifically was refreshing to hear.
It was filled with good, funny jokes at times, and complemented through heartfelt dialogue between characters during other significant scenes.
Admittedly, the writing does get somewhat cheesy with certain characters, but mostly I was engaged with the hilarious dialogue.
Especially from Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Dr. Robotnik.
Striking CGI & Visuals
I’ll say it again with blissful satisfaction.
I’m really glad the whole production team made the effort to redo the look of Sonic.
We all know what he looked like in the trailer (heading into uncanny valley territory).
The hedgehog in this movie was visualized pretty well when compared to other video game movies that didn’t achieve their character design that effectively.
His running sequences were executed incredibly stunning by the animators.
The rings also looked super cool when they opened a portal to another dimension.
I also didn’t expect them to copy off the style of the slow-montage scenes similar to that of Quicksilver in X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
We all know where they’re from.
I won’t bash the director and producers though for implementing it.
It does naturally have that wondrous and feel-good vibe to it that’s distinctly enhanced with cool music in the background.
And since Sonic’s basically a fast speedster like Quicksilver, it should’ve been obvious that moments like these were going to be magnificently introduced.
Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic was perfect.
His tone marvelously fit in with the actions and personality of the blue hedgehog. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter were great as a duo.
Their relationship together in this film was a bit underdeveloped though in my opinion.
Marsden with Schwartz however was extremely good.
It was definitely endearing and sweet to see them both bond in trying to stop Jim Carrey’s character.
Speaking of Carrey, he never ceases to amaze me with how he assiduously strikes the funny bone in my nerves. His portrayal here is classic Mask-style humor.
Sonic The Hedgehog was a great Family Comedy adventure for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed and was humorously entertained several times with the characters cracking jokes, and making comical remarks toward each other.
The mid-credits scene pretty much came out as I expected it to.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I’ll just say that it creates potential for a sequel in the future.
Honestly, I wouldn’t mind a sequel to this film.
One thing must be understood clearly though for the people responsible for its development.
For the love of God, don’t make the same mistake with the abominable-looking character design like in the trailer debut for this movie.
I’m pretty sure the audience will call it out for being the ugly thing that it is, but the impatience will probably explode if it has to be delayed again as this one was.
FP Score – Noteworthy