The zippy rodent from the Sega world, races onto cinema screens and somehow amidst all the usual so-so or lame video game adaptations, this family flick is a triumph. A switch off your brain triumph but one nonetheless.
After his powers ensure he has to leave his home-world, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) lands in Green Hills, Montana and strikes up an unexpected bond with sheriff Tom (James Marsden). However, his electrical extra-terrestrial side has caught the attention of evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) who will stop at nothing to track down the hedgehog and hopefully carry tests on him.
Intended to be released back in winter of last year but postponed due to much publicised disapproval of Sonic’s design, 2020 sees the revamped blue dude looking more the part even if it cost more to do it, he’s much less terrifying to witness than the leggy creation beforehand. There’s something in his furry look that is cutesy and though he can tread the line of being overly talkative and close to annoying, the animation and Schwartz’s vocals are a manic ride to sit back and get a kick out of.
Sonic is a zany streak of blue fuzziness and there’s an electric charge which pulsates through a safe and unoriginal family-friendly film to loopier heights and you somehow, without realising get swept up by the dashy pace of it all. ‘X-Men’s’ Quicksilver can take a load off and marvel at this space-hog who has his own slowed down sequences for showcasing super speed; this skill is entertainingly put into practice at a rodeo bar where his hijinks help to vanquish brawling men and women.
There’s a constant push of being fast and fun and with satisfying pop cultural references to line the path, this debut feature from Jeff Fowler is a giddy one that will no doubt hype up kids and entertain most adults too. It so easily could have been a movie that was a visual mess, a childish dumb show but somehow something clicks with it and even if you can predict every moment and the showboating voice-over element is done to death in family flicks, you cannot help but have fun watching this navy-quilled critter run riot.
Even if Sonic is the titled star of the movie, it goes without saying that the show truly belongs to Jim Carrey who laps up every minute of his screen time and looks to be revelling in his turn as the brainy, panto bad guy. Dr. Robotnik is dialled up to Carrey levels of battiness and a flashing light sequence of villain boogieing is all you need to use as an example of his odd yet dazzling turn as the adversary.
Lace up and sprint alongside this pacy family-friendly action film because if you don’t you’ll be left trailing in it’s zippy wake. ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ didn’t have any right to be this good but it is. Really.