‘Sonic’ Review: Came for Sonic, Stayed for Jim Carrey

Look, I’m not going to mince words and try to paint a sub-par portrait of Hollywood trying to do right by your inner child. Sonic the Hedgehog would’ve beaten out Dolittle as the worst film of 2020 had it not been for Jim Carrey. He is the one shining star in this blase story of a beloved pop-culture icon.

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But you already knew this. You knew, like everyone else, when you saw the first trailer with the original abomination Hollywood was calling Sonic (remember the teeth?), that this film was going to be bad. The only question everyone was asking was how bad was this movie going to be.

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Surprisingly, writers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller had a decent idea for the movie. Unfortunately, they couldn’t deliver on it. After being chased by baddies trying to capture him for his supersonic power on his world, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) uses a magical portal ring to arrive in our world in a small town called Green Hills (did you eyes roll yet?). We learn that his fast-talking personality is more-or-less the result of ten years of intense isolation, hiding from the townspeople, and doing what he can to keep himself entertained. After causing a power outage, the government sends in Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to investigate. Sonic then partners up with Tom Wachowski, the town’s sheriff, and the two develop a cliche Hollywood bromance while trying to stay out of Robotnik’s clutches, who’s trying to capture Sonic for his power also.

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Carrey goes fully unhinged for his portrayal of Dr. Robotnik, which is the best thing in the film. His over-the-top, animated portrayal of the character has shades of his film, The Mask, and — spoiler alert — there’s an end credit scene that shows him going full Eggman, hinting at a sequel featuring Tails.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is one of those films that is solely relying on the character’s likability for success. It is definitely playing towards children, which is a bit of the problem, as most children don’t know who Sonic is. This film cost 95 million altogether, which includes Sonic’s redesign (which I still don’t understand how anyone with a brain approved the initial design), and experts are predicting 35-55 million on opening weekend. I don’t see this movie turning a profit for a sequel though, so don’t hold your breath folks.