This film follows one of the most iconic characters in gaming. That is of course Sonic the Hedgehog who has been given a fresh origin and thrust into the real world. This actually works very well and provides a rather enjoyable sort of journey. I did have some issues with the narrative, and the general setup of the film. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this and it’s one of the best conversions of a game over to a movie that we’ve seen.
It provides some good laughs, and well setup jokes throughout its run time. It’s particularly great for the younger audience out there, with this being somewhat more of a family film. When it comes to the story we have a younger Sonic (Ben Schwartz) growing up and then being chased by a terrifyingly awesome 90’s style Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik.
Sonic needs to team up with a regular local donut guy named Tom (James Marsden) and go on a road trip. While we call him the donut lord, he’s actually a cop and a generally good guy. There’s a surprising layer of heart, and quality to the characters here. The CGI could have been a bit better as it was rough at times, but if you look past that it’s generally not too noticeable.
The Sonic the Hedgehog Digital version comes with a number of special features. These are available to view on demand as a continuous selection or individually. They include the following options.
" Commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwarz.”. “Around the World in 80 Seconds”, “Speed Me Up music video”, “For the Love of Sonic”, “Building Robotnik”, The Blue Blur“, “Sonic on Set”, “a gag reel” and “Deleted scenes”.
It’s a great offering quite honestly and I really enjoyed sitting through it. I do wish that the gag reel would have been more developed, I felt there should have been more outtakes with that one. The deleted scenes were interesting and I genuinely found the backdrop elements to be a good look on the production side of the film.
The Sonic the Hedgehog Digital release provides a great quality release that’s backed by a number of enjoyable extras to round out the experience. This movie was a lot of fun, and as a fan of this character it felt very good to see this adaptation deliver.
It looked like the character I know, and he slipped into the real world just fine. It provides some laughs, heart-felt moments and of course all the speed you could want.
It also teases a lot of exciting things that could come while being an entirely standalone journey. A really good option for all audiences out there, particularly the younger one as it’s more geared towards them. Its fun, provides a good laugh and definitely some surprises throughout.
Sonic the Hedgehog Digital Review
Provided by Paramount Home Media Distribution