Foster parents, an adorable dog for company, and a friendly neighborhood – Sonic’s life on Earth couldn’t have been more peaceful. But as we all know, the little blue brat gets bored quickly and now he wants to be a hero by saving the world from crooks.
His novice attempt at vigilante justice fails and he takes his father Tom’s (James Marsden) advice to wait for his moment of truth seriously. However, trouble has a way of finding Sonic, as his old nemesis Dr. Robotnik returns to conquer the world and destroy Sonic, who in his opinion is a “wretched blue rodent”.
Sonic (Ben Schwartz) continues to be in his usual top form and sounds just right for whatever age you perceive his character to be. Somehow we found Jim Carrey’s Robotnik act more evil and less funny this time around.
The unfortunate thing about video game movie adaptations is that more often than not, they fail to match up to the exceeded expectations of loyalists and new fans alike.
But movies need more character, dialogue, and plot than video games. So a bunch of human characters and storylines have been added and Sonic has been given more of a personality.
There’s nothing especially creative here. The movie’s frequent references to other films are not commentary or homage, just winking at the audience: “Yes, we know we’re appropriating details from better movies.” It is over-plotted, with three different storylines mixing comedy and adventure.
But there’s enough to keep kids and parents mildly entertained. For kids, Sonic is a loyal and forgiving friend and an engaging character who may create a mess when his “parents” are away, but super-speedily cleans it up before they find out about it. There is also an amusing dance-off.
And all generations will appreciate the movie’s emphasis on kindness and friendship over battles and resentment.