Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

2.5/5 (Not Great)
As a video game movie, it is successful. As any other type of movie, it is a failure.


Release Date: 14 February 2020 (USA)
Studio: Paramount
Director: Jeff Fowler
Writers: Patrick Casey, Josh Miller
Official Site:
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1h 39min
Starring: Ben Schwartz (voice), James Marsden, Jim Carrey
Genre: Adventure, Video Game, Animated
Base Score: 2.5 (Not Great)


I must admit, I didn’t much care for Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura (or most of his other roles). It always felt like was trying too hard to be funny through his physical comedy.

Many like him. I do not.

The only role that I thought was suited to his maniacal-style of comedy was The Mask (1994). He was good in Liar Liar (1997), but even there I thought he was a bit too over the top to be realistic. If something is too unrealistic, I have trouble laughing at it. It breaks the 4th wall too much for me. It feels like a Dad who is trying too hard to be funny for friends of his children.

So when I saw the trailer for this movie, I rolled my eyes. I’m not seeing that movie.

Then the weeks dragged by. The same movies are in my local theaters. I have either seen them or really don’t want to see them (horror movies).

Let’s go see the “now stale” Sonic! I could have waited for a few weeks to watch it on video (it’s that bad).

Some of the jokes were genuinely funny. But then they are followed rapid-fire by 9 other jokes of lesser quality. Sonic is fast. The jokes come fast. Only 1 in 10 jokes are funny. The humor of the first joke is forgotten under the barrage of bad material.

Bad screenwriters! That was a very bad writer! What did I tell you? Your jokes go on the paper, not all over the house!

It is a well-done video game movie. Fans of the original Sonic will see lots of nods and realistic recreations. I think I even picked up one jab at Nintendo.

There are two problems here. First, I don’t think there are enough hard-core fans of the original Sonic video games to fill theaters. Secondly, there wasn’t a whole lot of plot in the games. It’s not enough to build a movie around. This is one of the problems with the Super Mario Bros. (1993) movie.

It’s also billed as a family movie. While kids will like it, the adults will be one part bored and one part horrified at the lessons gleaned by their kids.

As a video game movie, it is successful.

As any other type of movie, it is a failure.

But, as the weeks drag on, families will go to some movie. Take your kids to see Onward. Even Jumanji is a better choice. Mulan is almost out…

I have an idea! Let’s have a family game night at home!


Is it worth 3D, IMAX, or any other special viewing? Only see this in a special format if you are the afore-mentioned hard-core Sonic fan. Everyone else can skip it.

Would I see it again? (-.5) No, I would not. If a family were going to see it, I would actively advise against it. If you are a Sonic fan, you’ve probably already seen it multiple times. Wear your best t-shirt. You’ll be in the company of other geeks.

Should I rent it? Buy it? If the choice is rent or see it in the theater, rent it. If the choice is rent it or play Monopoly, I’ll take the metal ship piece.

Is it family safe? Kids won’t pick anything up, but there’s a few choices made by Sonic that you don’t want your kids to emulate.

Did it have “the look?” (+.5) It did have a lot of the details from the original game. If you are a fan, this is pretty cool. Only if you are a fan. It’s not the best for anybody else.

Did it have “the feels?” I didn’t see anything special here.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5 (Not Great) As a video game movie, it is successful. As any other type of movie, it is a failure.

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