Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Directed by Jeff Fowler

Starring James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz

The history of films based on video games is one filled with many failures. As far as I remember I have not seen one that I liked. The Super Mario film that starred Bob Haskins and John Leguizamo was a failure both financially and critically. I am a fan of the Mario games but I don’t like the film. Street Fighter was also bad even if it had a good cast. Mortal Kombat was a bit better I don’t remember much of it. Those are the main films I can remember, well recently Assassins Creed had a film but I never saw it so I don’t know.

The story follows Sonic as he is forced to live in hiding because of the fear that someone will want to steal his power. He lives in hiding in a town called Green Hills where he observes the people there. One night feeling alone he ran so fast he caused a blackout and that made the United State want to figure what caused it and the hire Dr. Robotnik. Tom finds Sonic and decides to help him escape.

Maybe because I had no real expectations I ended up liking the movie. I bought it for my daughter and saw it with her and I admit I had a lot of fun. It is a normal family film about an external non-human character becoming a friend to a person, but it was fun. The Sonic character was likable and so was Tom.

What can I say, a good artist can do good with almost anything. Jim Carrey did the most with this character and was funny. There were traces of Ace in some of the movements of the character. For me, he stole the show.

These days where we are given time to spend with family, I recommend seeing this film. My daughter was laughing and enjoying it and that is what really matters in the end.

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