Big-screen Sonic swift, smart

Toronto Sun - - SHOWBIZ - KRISTEN PAGE-KIRBY The Wash­ing­ton Post

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

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