A Japanese video game launched back in 1991 for the Sega Genesis, Sonic The Hedgehog, has finally had a game to film conversion. Something not many games actually get right. Sonic would become the mascot of Sega. Some years later a two part video animation was released as a means to promote the release of Sonic on the new Sega Dreamcast, although it was felt this was more for fans of the digital hedgehog, rather than a wider audience.
In this latest outing, Tom Wachowski (James Marsden – X-Men: Days of Future Past, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), a cop from a small, peaceful town discovers a small, extremely fast, hedgehog (Ben Schwartz – The Walk). Having a big heart, and some persuasion, he agrees to help this little fella, and save him from evil genius Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey – Kick-Ass 2).
Sonic The Hedgehog succeeds where so many films of games have failed. It is a fun, exciting, and entertaining romp. It is a nostalgic escape from the world, that while it has a great story at its core, still does not try to hard to take itself too seriously, and this is where Carrey pull of a masterful incarnation of the evil doctor. He is perfectly cast and suited for the role. One doesn’t know whether to cheer him on, or cheer his demise.
Sonic The Hedgehog will appeal to both fans of the original game, and a new audience of the younger generation. A family outing that is sure to spawn a sequel, if not yet another release of the game.
Sonic the Hedgehog opens 21 February 2020 in South African cinemas.