Sonic the Hedgehog makes a comeback

Rachel Humphery, Columnist

Sonic the Hedgehog is an enjoyable family friendly movie. I’d recommend this movie if you’re in the mood for a funny action movie or if you are a fan of Sonic. Overall, the movie has a relatable theme with many nods to its source material and a mid-credit scene practically begging for a sequel. Because of these factors and much more, I’d give it a full five gnomes. Sonic the Hedgehog is a movie based on the titular character Sonic, who originated in the game Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 for the Sega Genesis. It’s fast paced game play, fun graphics and Sonic’s uniquely endearing personality heightened the character’s status to be on par with Mario from Nintendo. Overtime, Sonic’s game play decreased and many lost interest in the fandom, until the movie Sonic the Hedgehog was announced to come out in theaters. Sonic’s original design took the media by storm, and not in a good way. Remarkably, the studio and director Jeff Fowler listened to fan’s complaints and redesigned Sonic in post production, extending the movie to a February 14, 2020 release date. As someone who’s seen the movie, the redesign was absolutely worth it and looks incredible. Sonic in the movie reminds many fans of Sonic from his original 90’s games as he acts like a lonely teenager. Sonic was forced to evacuate his home planet and lived many years in isolation on Earth. He forms a connection with the town cop Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) and accidently reveals himself. Sonic attempted to escape using his rings, but before he could, Tom shoots him with a tranquilizer dart and Sonic loses his bag of rings in the process. The conflict ramps up as Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) makes an appearance. Robotnik wants to harness Sonic’s powers for himself and use them in his machines which causes Tom and Sonic to flee in search of Sonic’s missing rings. The movie has a heartwarming and relatable theme about the negative effects of living in isolation while being largely comedic in nature. The film also has no shortage of action scenes and everytime Sonic uses his powers it’s engaging and visually pleasing to watch. Special appreciation goes to Ben Schwartz, the voice of Sonic, who brought a lot of life, emotion and charm to the character that had a huge hand in making the film as enjoyable as it is. The incomparable Jim Carrey was also a standout, putting a lot of effort into Robotnik and seemed to have a lot of fun with the character. Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog is a movie I would definitely recommend you see while it’s still in theaters.