Title: Sonic The Hedgehog
Director: Jeff Fowler
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter, Lee Majdoub, Adam Pally
We live in a very cynical society today. Hard to believe, I know. I would like to think that Sonic The Hedgehog, is a positive product to come out of internet cancel culture. Even before the character design backlash, people were ready to kill this thing before seeing a single frame of footage. While I don't think Paramount should have caved, it's easy to see why. Someone recognized that they had an enjoyable film on their hands, and something that would settle well with general audiences. So, they did what was best for the film. While the more cartoonish version of Sonic running around the real world may not totally go with the realistic vibe, it works within the context of the film. The cartoonish version only enhances what is an enjoyable, fun, and often times sweet ride. Sure, the story isn't going to break new ground, however, Sonic The Hedgehog is a lot of fun. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter, are really solid here. They have great chemistry with each other, and I'm glad that Tika wasn't just sidelined as a character. She has stuff to do, which is nice. Ben Schwartz, is great as Sonic. He's manic, but grounded, and adds some heart to the character. However, lets talk about Jim Carrey. Forget the Sonic redesign. This film wouldn't be half as good, if Jim Carrey wasn't in this. He is dialed up to a trillion here, and it is glorious. Imagine if Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor, was doing an impression of Ace Ventura the entire time, and you have some iota as to what to expect. His performance needs to be seen to be believed. It's great to watch. Overall, Sonic The Hedgehog is a good time. I'm glad it turned out the way it did. There will be sourpusses who will shit all over it, but it's not bad. It may not be Oscar worthy, but it's enjoyable, and a pleasant surprise.