Sonic the Hedgehog: Review

Lyden shares his thoughts on the new film adaptation of the popular video game series, Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Gabriel Lyden, Staff Writter

Sonic the Hedgehog was a meaningless cash-grab, offering cinema’s most uninspired and forgettable offerings to date, or so I’d like to say. 

The movie follows Sonic and Tom Wachowski, an honest cop looking to leave the monotony of his small town as they adventure across the United States with chaos ensuing along the way. 

I’m not sure what I wanted to think about Sonic, I went in with some friends, expecting to make fun of it, not for almost every joke to land and for one scene to genuinely make me cry laughing. You have to understand that video game movies haven’t really had a good track record since, so it wasn’t a great leap to think that the Sonic movie wouldn’t be a masterpiece, since the original creators had all but abandoned the franchise at this point. Since I’m not a professional critic, I’ll eat my words and say I was wrong on this one. 

That being said, anyone going into Sonic, a movie about a really fast blue hedgehog, anyone expecting Godfather level story telling is a moron and a fool and should stop reading this review and start learning how to have fun, because that’s all this film is, mindless fun. Jim Carey is a godsend in this who comes in with energy reminiscent of Ace Ventura: Animal Detective. 

Sonic is a family film, so if you were looking for something heavier, I don’t know what to tell you, it’s Sonic, what’d you expect? A lot of the jokes are targeted towards children, but it’s not moronic and there’s plenty of age-gated remarks to satisfy teens and adults. 

Sonic seems like a fluke, but if this is the new status quo for video game films, then I suppose I’d be pretty satisfied, so long as they aren’t eaten up by the all-consuming devourer of childhood memories that is Disney. As much as no one wants to admit it, Sonic is somehow a fantastic movie, it had everything going against it and it flies in the face of any smug critic’s face. I’m not pretentious enough to pretend like I didn’t like the stupid humor and jokes Sonic had to offer. 

If you’re looking for a gripping narrative the likes of which you’ve never seen before, look somewhere else. For any fans of Sonic, you should absolutely watch it as soon as possible. If you’re just a casual movie goer looking for a good evening, definitely do not write off Sonic as something that should just be ignored. I still feel blindsided by this movie, in recent memory, I can’t think of another film that proved everyone wrong and completely defied any expectations anyone had one it.