This review contains spoilers – please be advised.
Our wise-cracking blue-haired friend is back and better than ever in a new movie that just hit theaters on Valentine’s day. Sonic the Hedgehog is the kind of movie that makes you stop, think, and remember “the good old days.”
NOTE: THE PLOT LINE IS IN ITALICS SO YOU CAN SKIP IF YOU’D LIKE.
The initial Twitter feedback about bringing “realism” to our mythical hedgehog was received and the revised result brings Sonic to life in a way you remember from the video game.
I remember the first time I played Sonic The Hedgehog. I was at a Sears and Roebuck (talk about nostalgia), in the children’s section. Every time we went to the Mall, I begged my parents to let me play Sonic on the Sega Genesis – sometimes at the expense of having to wait for other children to stop playing. We had to park by Sears and enter through the department store. Collecting those rings and racing around the courses always got me pumped up for an often-boring trip into the Mall.
The movie instantly brought back the memory at the Mall. It starts on a planet that looks very much like the Green Hill Zone where our blue little buddy races around in the opening minutes only to be discovered by bad guys with arrows. The movie looks and feels just like the 90’s original – in high definition.
Sonic is played by Ben Schwartz who really brings out the essence of Sonic’s cocky and sarcastic nature. His performance is a delight and really brings the video game character to life. He is snarky, funny and is loaded with attitude.
The weirdest part of the entire movie happens when he meets this Owl named Longclaw who is not mentioned in the franchise. Longclaw gives him his rings which transport him to different worlds. Just before the owl apparently dies, he opens a portal to the United States – Green Hills, Montana, which looks similar to his home planet. We never really find out what happens to Long Claw which is super strange.
Sonic spends the next ten years growing up watching and learning everything about Green Hills.
There is a super cool scene where Sonic plays baseball against himself which really brings back some memories for me as I used to play Sonic Superstar Baseball on the Gamecube for countless hours years ago. It’s just after the solo baseball game when the action really gets rolling.
Sonic realizes he is alone and will always be alone so he starts racing around the bases so fast that he causes an explosion knocking out power across the Pacific Northwest. My 5-year old daughter loved this part of the movie – she turned to me during it and whispered “I can’t believe how fast he is daddy – so fast he made an explosion!” I chuckled and confirmed her thought. How cool that I am sharing a movie with my daughter based on a video game franchise I’ve loved for decades?
After the explosion, the government starts taking notice and low and behold, we meet Sonic’s arch nemesis Doctor Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik (Jim Carrey).
Carrey plays his typical schtick which really jives with the essence of Dr. Robotnik as both, at times, seem certifiably insane.
Sonic scrambles to leave Planet Earth before Dr. Robotnik discovers him. At the same time, Green Hills Sherriff Tom Wachowski (James Mardsen), is planning to move to San Francisco to join SFPD. Sonic had been tracking “Donut Lord ” as he calls him up until this point of the movie and so he seeks him because he knows how much he cares for animals.
James Mardsen does a great job playing the “hometown hero.” His character aspires for bigger and better things but ultimately he decides all the ambition and need to be relevant is found in the small things. There was one point where his character received an acceptance letter in the mail – in this modern age of cell phones and e-mail getting a written acceptance letter made no sense.
Sherriff Wachowski shoots Sonic with a tranquilizer gun as Sonic is trying to open a portal to a new planet. The tranquilizer takes effect and instead of opening a portal to said planet, he opens a portal to San Fran by saying San Francisco (which is on the shirt the Sherriff is wearing). As he staggers and gets groggy, Sonic drops his remaining rings into the portal and they land on the Transamerica Pyramid. Sherriff Wachowski and Sonic embark on a journey to get those remaining rings back so our favorite hedgehog can escape yet again to a new planet.
Meanwhile, Dr. Robotnik uses his egg-shaped drones to seek and find Sonic throughout the remainder of the movie with a climax happening when the two adversaries face off in San Francisco in very much the style and feel of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games.
Sonic finally pushing Dr. Robotnik into a portal to a Mushroom infested planet (Sonic hates mushrooms – does this surprise any Mario fans out there?) where he is left to fend for himself while Sonic wins the day!
The movie is pretty epic. I loved the nostalgic moments and seeing Sonic come to life on the big screen. One of the elements that defines Sonic the Hedgehog is his blazing speed and this movie kept pace. There really weren’t any slow elements – everything moved forward fast like our little blue protagonist.
Jim Carrey delivers an eggcellent performance but he isn’t like most of us hard core Sonic fans remember (in the game Robotnick has a bit of a belly). His character arch mirrors what you would expect from this type of antagonist.
I really loved this film and I would watch it again for sure. Maybe more importantly, my wife and my kids – boy (age 4) and girl (age 5) loved it as well. The movie is suitable for any children 4 and up who can sit for an hour and a half of fun.
Thank you Sonic, for another lifetime memory made!
If you want to play a modern Sonic racing game, check out the overview on 2019 Video Game Titles You Need to Pay Attention to – featuring Team Sonic Racing.
I give this movie 7.5/10 game cartridges.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and the video game industry is gearing up to release new titles. For many gamers, it’s a great time to give and receive new games. Below is a list of several games we’re keeping an eye out for this holiday season. We’ll cover a short summary of each and a few reasons to be excited to play them at your next Game Truck party:
Luigi’s Mansion 3
It’s always exciting when Nintendo releases a new title and Luigi’s Mansion 3 is sure to be a popular one. This Halloween-themed goes through the Last Resort Hotel and allows players to rescue Mario and friends as part of the gameplay. The new “ScareScraper” mode allows up to eight players to team up and achieve goals in each hotel floor. This game is best for younger players that enjoy the spooky, lighthearted theme.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Love the Star Wars franchise? Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order has already been released this fall. This November 15 the latest Star Wars game came out, and features lightsabers, force powers and of course, the usual cast of characters in a third-person adventure game. If you’re a fan of games like The Legend of Zelda and RPG Dark Souls, you’ll find this game exciting and enjoyable to play.
Playstation 4, PC
Shenmue III is an exciting throwback to old-style animation games. While not the style of game for everyone, Shenmue III offers breathtaking graphics, gameplay and best of all, storytelling. Set in China in the 1980s, this part-three in a series picks up where it last left off
Play Them All at Your Next GameTruck Party!
GameTruck has offered fun, exciting parties in the Chicago area for years. With our extensive experience, dedication, and passion for all things video games, we’ll bring you the video game party of your dreams. Give us a call at 866-253-3191 and leave the rest to GameTruck!
If you are an avid gamer, you are probably pretty excited about the up and coming games for the next year. While there is a plethora of great games coming out, you’ll be excited to learn about a few that are on our radar. Below is a list of several games we are keeping an eye out. We’ll cover each one with a short description and why you and your gamer friends should be excited to play them at your next Game Truck party:
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
For avid fans of the Star Wars franchise, the Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga game is sure to wow. As the vice president of Digital Games, The LEGO Group Sean McEvoy has said, ““We are thrilled to continue LEGO Star Wars’ 20 years legacy with this impressive new game where kids and families can join forces to explore the galaxy together.” If you are a fan of both franchises, you’ll be delighted by the engaging game play paired with an incredible amount of playable characters along with LEGO’s sense of fun and whimsy.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Are you a fan of the Dragon Ball Z series? Then you’re in for a treat! Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot arrives this January 17, 2020 slated to head over to PS4, Xbox and PC. This action-packed RPG is sure to impress even the more die-hard fans of the series. Since it hasn’t yet been released, we can’t speak to the game play but from the initial graphics, we can assure you that you’ll find a game that is very reminiscent of the original series packed with characters just like Goku, Frieza, and Vegeta. This is a not-to-miss game for all those excited about DBZ.
Roller derby fans, unite! The much anticipated Roller Champions game created by Ubisoft is set to come to PC this early 2020. It’s free to play, packed with fun, excitement and high-speed roller derby. Even though the actual game won’t be available until early next year, Ubisoft has released a demo so you head on over and try it this exciting game yourself.
Play Them All at Your Next GameTruck Party!
GameTruck has offered fun, exciting parties in the Atlanta area for years. With our extensive experience, dedication, and passion for all things video games, we’ll bring you the video game party of your dreams. Give us a call at 866-253-3191 and leave the rest to GameTruck!