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Is This Video Game Movie Worth Your Time and Money? Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review by Ms. H

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction

I think it’s well known that usually most video games adapted to movies do not fare well in the theaters. Was Sonic the Hedgehog movie any different? If you have not seen this movie, let me help you decide if you should by checking out my movie review.

Momentum of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Sometimes when movies are initially released, there is a huge turn-out at the theaters due in part to hype from the movie industry. A few months ago, there was news about this movie, mainly dealing with viewers’ input regarding Sonic’s depiction. The good news is the powers that be listened and made changes before the movie was released. Since this movie has been out for awhile now (released February 14, 2020), I believe the excitement of the film has faded and the movie has lost its momentum.

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Cast of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

In my opinion, the standout cast member was unfortunately, not the namesake of the movie, Sonic, but was Jim Carrey who played the villain aka the mad scientist, Dr. Robotnik. I think Jim Carrey delivered a noteworthy performance and seemed vested in his character. By contrast, the other actors did passable jobs, and their performances did not impress me. I noticed that when the action moved from Jim Carrey’s character scenes, the level of excitement of the movie dropped.

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Creativity and Animation in Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

The mix between real-life actors as well as the animated Sonic character was adequate. In fact, I was surprised that there was a fair amount of real actors in the movie and that the film was not strictly animated based. That being said, I’m sure quite a bit of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was involved. 

Regarding creativity -- The adaptation of the video game to a movie was done in an imaginative way. However, even though this is partially an animated film, some of the actions in this movie, in my opinion were far from real as alluded to below. And yes, I know that Sonic the Hedgehog is only a movie with make-believe scenes.

Action and Realism in Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Some parts of the film gave me the impression there was plenty of editing in Sonic the Hedgehog movie to the point where some scenes seemed disjointed. Additionally, there were a few unrealistic scenarios in the movie. Spoiler alert:  For those of you who have seen the movie, the scenes I’m referring to involve a fall from a building as well as the tieing up of one of the characters, and lastly, the recreation of Sonic’s room. You will know what I’m talking about if you watch the movie.

Tone of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

I was disappointed with the sad start of the movie. I was expecting to be entertained with lots of fun and  laughter since this is partially an animated film. Unfortunately, just like me, you may sense some sadness in this movie, especially in the beginning of the movie. On the flip side, there were upbeat scenes in Sonic the Hedgehog movie as well.

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Assessment of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

If you have some time and money to spare, I think Sonic the Hedgehog movie is ok to watch at the theater. However, I cannot give this movie rave reviews due to some inconsistencies in actions, as well as an ambiguous plot. However, on the positive side, the movie is brief with a runniing time of about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Even though this was a movie based upon the video game Sonic the Hedgehog, the acting skills of Jim Carrey as the villain probably makes this movie one that you should see. My favorite part of the movie was the technology used by Jim Carrey’s character and the way it was shown in the film. The minus side is this technology was used for evil deeds in the movie. Nonetheless -- I thought these scenes were interesting to watch.  

Rating of Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Sonic the Hedgehog movie 2 3/4 stars.

 

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