Sonic the Hedgehog has been brought up by Longclaw the Owl to hide his powers but while with Longclaw he fails to do this and a portal is opened for him to escape to earth. But can he keep himself safe on earth?
Sonic the Hedgehog instantly starts with Sonic being chased by Robotnik and then goes back in time to show how he got there. The plot itself is simple and shows why Sonic had to leave the safety of his own home to be on earth. His previous universe being a nod to Sonic Gensus, bringing the first level of the game to life with today’s CGI which was a nice touch. Sonic is then brought to earth with coins which can teleport him anywhere he can visualise. Only to be used in an emergency. While the story is quite simple and the trailer gives the plot away. It is fast-paced, with good action scenes and dialogue even between Sonic to himself. Some of the best scenes are the ones where you see how isolated Sonic has become being his own company as he tries to hide his powers and existence.
The main plot was predictable but its the way that relationships build that makes this movie. Tom Wachowski played by James Marsden is looking for a more fore filled life where he wants to save someone’s life and Sonic just wants to make a friend. While on the outset you’d look at saying Sonic with his power and speed could easily get to his coins that have been lost. However not knowing where he is going he needs help from Tom. While at times the relationship seems one-sided it slowly develops in such a way that it changes the course for both characters.
While all the actors did a good job it will be no surprise that Jim Carrey was the stand out in this movie for me. Well, an unlikely villain brought his amazing timing and physical comedy to the role of Robotnik and even made the character his own as I could see a resemblance to Ace Ventura in the some of the ways he portrayed the character.
Overall I would give this movie 7/10 it was an enjoyable experience and would be a great pick for the entire family with plenty of references to the 30 years of the game, while not relying heavily on it at the same time. Making this movie for old and young alike.