Big-screen Sonic swift, smart
Ah, the joy of a kids’ movie that doesn’t have any fart jokes.
Or at least one that comes close.
Sonic the Hedgehog may have one moment of flatulence, but this hybrid of live-action and CGI animation gets away with it, otherwise bypassing the all-toocommon cheap laughs for a story that’s loaded with smart humour, snappy dialogue and the big blue heart beating at its centre.
Inspired by the popular series of video games, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) tells the eternal tale of a blue hedgehog from another planet who runs at near-warp speed.
While most of the secondary characters are so lightly written that they nearly float, Dr. Ivo Robotnik — played by the hyper-energetic Jim Carrey operating at maximum strength — makes for an egotistical, slightly unhinged villain, whose fundamental weirdness is fun to watch, without ever being really scary (a boon to parents with younger kids).
Fans of the video games will find a host of allusions, but there’s plenty to please any moviegoer who can’t tell a Sega from a Switch. In the end, Sonic is quippy without being mean, and sweet without being sappy, making this a trip that’s well worth taking.
Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins.
WE SAY: ★★★ out of 4