After difficult production circumstances reached us SONIC THE HEDGEHOG now a few months late. This was good for the character design. However, that doesn’t change much about the generic story and Jim Carrey going overboard. We reveal more about this in our review.
James Marsden’s Tom becomes Sonic’s unwilling partner.
The plot summary
At 15 years old, Sonic (originally spoken by Ben Schwartz/in German by Julien Bam) is a pubescent powerhouse, but he isn’t really aware of that yet. For his own safety, he should hide on planet Earth. However, there is one condition: the world should never know of his existence. But this proves to be almost impossible for the extroverted hedgehog, especially in view of his super power, which he has yet to discover. So it’s only a matter of time before someone notices him. Luckily, Sonic meets Tom (James Marsden), a cynical police officer who has his heart in the right place. Together the two take on Sonic’s crazy nemesis Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who soon chases them all over the planet. A breathtaking chase at the speed of sound begins…
Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Meaning of ending
“Sonic the Hedgehog” marked a milestone last year. Never before have fans of a character had such influence in a film project that was actually almost completed. But when the first long trailer for the game adaptation appeared, Sonic lovers went up in arms because of the blue hedgehog’s terrible animation. Even Naoto Ohshima, designer of the original character, publicly admitted that he didn’t like the character’s design in the film. As a result, Sonic’s design was fundamentally revised again. The result: The reactions to the trailer released a few months later with a brand new Sonic were not only honored by Ohshima, but also celebrated frenetically by the fans. It’s easy to get over the fact that the film release had to be postponed from Thanksgiving 2019 to Valentine’s Day weekend 2020. Now there’s really nothing (anymore) to complain about with Sonic’s character design. The little blue creature actually looks really good and, as a character created entirely on the computer, fits perfectly into the live-action film setting. Apart from that, the entire film is the epitome of irrelevant blockbuster entertainment, which is exactly as negative as it sounds.
Jim Carrey takes on the role of the evil Dr. Robotnik.
Originally developed as a mascot for the Japanese game publisher Sega, Sonic celebrated his first appearance in the arcade game “Rad Mobile”, which was so well received by fans that the blue hedgehog’s first own game was not long in coming. “Sonic the Hedgehog” was developed as a classic platformer game. The Story: On Sonic’s home planet, scientist Dr. Ivo Robotnik captured various wild animals with the help of robots in order to abuse them for his plans for world domination. In order to free them from his captivity, Sonic, who is equipped with immense powers, does everything he can to free the prisoners from Robotnik’s hands. For the feature film variant, the screenwriting duo of Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (“12 Deadly Days”) stuck to the basic character constellation: Sonic as the main character is on the good side, the evil Dr. Robotnik is on the evil side and at the end there is a classic showdown, which in the game is probably comparable to the big final boss fight. However, there are also deviations from the original template. “Sonic the Hedgehog” – the film – doesn’t take place on Sonic’s home planet. We only see a little bit of this in the prologue, until the protagonist flees to Earth, of all places, to be safe from his enemies. And the plot surrounding the captured animals doesn’t play a role here either. Instead, it is Sonic himself who escapes from the greedy hands of the power-mad Dr. Robotnik has to be careful because he is after the immeasurable energy of the little blue ball.
In essence, the template for the “Sonic the Hedgehog” film shines through. There are also small details in which the makers reflect on the origins of their character as a game character. Nevertheless, the story as such is completely interchangeable, as it simply follows the classic narrative patterns of common fish-out-of-water stories. Whether you watch “Elliot the Dragon” , “Monster Trucks” or “Blumblebee” : Director Jeff Fowler (makes his debut with this, was previously responsible for, among other things, as an effects specialist for “Where the Wild Things Are”) just varies the usual formula marginal. In his story, too, a human and a non-human character meet, become friends and then stand together against a great enemy. In between, James Marsden (“The Best of Me – My Way to You”), who plays the part of the human being, reluctantly familiarizes his new companion with the customs on earth. And it goes without saying that the two of them become really good friends over the course of this time. The only person who deviates a little from this common formula is Jim Carrey (“Dumb and Dummore”) with his excessively strict oscillation as Dr . Robotnik. This brings back memories of his grimacing times in “Dumb and Dumber” and “The Mask”. Yes, and that can be understood both positively and negatively, because on the one hand it fits the eccentric villain role – and ultimately also ensures that you can watch “Sonic the Hedgehog” without any worries, even with very young viewers, because there is never a real threatening situation given is. On the other hand, Carrey can quickly become annoying with his overacting.
What is no longer annoying, especially after Sonic’s redesign, is the execution of the effects. Of course, it’s hard to judge from the finished film whether the rest of the effects were tinkered with in addition to Sonic himself. Either way, “Sonic the Hedgehog” just looks really good. This is not least because, especially for a film in this segment, they often stay pleasantly in the background. Instead, the focus is primarily on the interaction between Sonic and his human bystanders. Only rarely does the film develop into an annoying CGI storm. Nevertheless, creativity looks different. The shenanigans with Sonic’s speed are very reminiscent of those with Flash in “Justice League” or with Quicksilver in the “X-Men” films: You see Sonic moving at normal speed as he pushes through a stationary one around him Scenery moves, which with a few moves he first escalates and then brings to a standstill. It’s all kind of nice; especially because it is spiced up with a catchy tune “Boom” by the X Ambassadors. But at the same time it reflects the makers’ lack of willingness to experiment. “Sonic the Hedgehog” focuses on the lowest common denominator in all respects. And that includes the casting of James Marsden as well as the action choreography. In the end it’s all nice, but this film definitely won’t stay in your memory.
Conclusion: Business as usual: “Sonic the Hedgehog” is a pleasant game adaptation without any rough edges with solid effects, solid actors, a solid story. You probably won’t remember anything about it. But at least the main character looks really good after the redesign.
“Sonic the Hedgehog” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from February 13th.