Speeding to Blu-ray, DVD and Ulta 4K on May 19, 2020 is the high-octane movie, Sonic the Hedgehog. The film is currently available on digital.
The film, Sonic the Hedgehog, is based on the Sega game by the same name, which was originally released in the early 90’s (the game, not the movie). Sonic the Hedgehog is a game that came out after I was a teen, so I never played it personally.
The film stars James Marsden, Jim Carrey, and Ben Schwartz.
Sonic the Hedgehog (voiced by Schwartz) is an blue, alien, hedgehog looking creature that can run at incredibly fast speeds.
Where he is from, a group of beings known as the Echidnas, are after Sonic. They want all of his power.
To help him escape, his guardian, Longclaw the Owl, gives Sonic a bag of magical gold coins that can help him transport himself to other planets. His ideal planet is one that is filled with mushrooms.
In haste to escape the Echidnas, Sonic is transported to Earth.
Fast forward to about ten years later. Sonic still resides on Earth, but he’s lonely because he’s all by himself. To keep himself entertained, he zips around the tiny town in Montana where he lives, trying not to let anyone see him.
One night Sonic was speeding too fast and accidentally caused a power outage and knocks out power to the Pacific Northwest.
An evil scientist named Dr. Robotnik (Carrey) is enlisted by the United States Department of Defense to find out what caused the outage. Dr. Robotnik is able to track down the source – Sonic!
Trying to escape the clutches of Dr. Robotnik, Sonic hides out in a shed that belongs to a local man, Tom Wachowski. Tom is a small town Police officer who is hoping he can make a name for himself from moving from Montana to San Francisco.
Their initial encounter did not go that well, but the the pair soon become friends.
Dr. Robotnik is still hot on Sonic’s trailer, which leads him to Tom’s door. Tom is able to stall him, but he knows he needs to help Sonic retrieve the rest of the gold rings he was given when he came to Earth, which accidentally ended up in San Francisco.
Dr. Robotknik is able to retrieve one of Sonic’s quills. After studying it he realizes that it has great potential for the robots he is creating. Now getting a hold of Sonic is more important than ever.
To protect Sonic, the pair (Sonic and Tom) go on the run to escape Dr. Robotnik, and to help Sonic find the gold coins. What happens next is an amazing adventure for the new friends.
Will Sonic be able to find the gold coins so he can escape Earth before it’s too late and he’s captured by Dr. Robotnik? What will become of Sonic if he gets into Dr. Robotnik’s clutches? What happens if the coins end up in the hands of someone else? To find out you need to purchase or rent Sonic the Hedgehog. Look for it where ever movies are sold/rented.
I had received a digital screener link to the film, so I am not sure what bonus content will come with the Blu-ray, DVD or Ulta 4K.
Overall I thought it was a fun film. I am not overly familiar with Sonic the Hedgehog, since the game came out after my teenage years and I never played it. All I knew is that he could run super fast. I didn’t know anything about the gold coins or their potential.
I think James Marsden was wonderful in this film. He makes you want to become good friends with him too. His acting makes you believe that he’s probably really nice and very sweet in person.
I’ve always liked James Marsden, ever since I saw him in the 2001 film, Sugar & Spice. He’s actually been acting since 1993.
Honestly, I think Marsden is what really holds this film together. As an adult I found Sonic to be cute, but too “kiddie-like,” if that makes sense. I think maybe if I was more familiar with the character that I’d appreciate him more in this film.
The film creatures did a great job with Sonic. He’s a bit cartoon’ish (which is odd in today’s world of CGI), but that was OK with me because in my mind, he’s an alien, so he’s not suppose to look like a real-live creature.
I normally like Jim Carrey roles, but sadly, I found his Dr. Robotnik a bit TOO much. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t look like the Jim Carrey roles that I liked, such as his character in Liar, Liar and Ace Ventura. His character in this film is not suppose to be lovable like Sonic, or endearing, like Marsden. He’s suppose to be an evil scientist. He does portray that. He looks evil, and I think that is why it’s throwing me off.
This is a fun movie. There is fart and butt humor, which will certainly appeal to most kids (and even some big kids). If they are fans of the game they will like this film even more.
This film is rated PG-13, although I would think it would lean more towards PG (in my opinion).
The film is an hour and forty minutes long, which was surprising. I would think films like this (ones catered more towards children) would have a shorter run time. I don’t know how younger kids can sit through a nearly two hour movie. My husband can’t even do that (ha ha).
The way the film ends (I won’t give it away) eludes to the fact that there could be a part two to this movie.
Below you will find the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
Did you see Sonic the Hedgehog? If so, what did you think about the film? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received a free screener copy of the film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.