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Sonic the Hedgehog

2020  99 MN




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Jeff Fowler
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Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik and his plans for world domination.

 Release Date

February 12, 2020

 Runtime

1h39m (99 min)

 Budget

$ 85,000,000

 Revenue

$ 306,766,470


 Top Billed Cast

 Ben Schwartz
 Sonic the Hedgehog (voice)
 James Marsden
 Tom Wachowski
 Jim Carrey
 Dr. Robotnik
 Tika Sumpter
 Maddie Wachowski
 Natasha Rothwell
 Rachel
 Adam Pally
 Wade Whipple


 Written by

Josh Miller Screenplay
Patrick Casey Screenplay
Naoto Oshima Characters
Yuji Naka Characters

 Tagline

A Whole New Speed of Hero

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 Cast

Ben Schwartz
  Sonic the Hedgehog (voice)
James Marsden
  Tom Wachowski
Jim Carrey
  Dr. Robotnik
Tika Sumpter
  Maddie Wachowski
Natasha Rothwell
  Rachel
Adam Pally
  Wade Whipple
Lee Majdoub
  Agent Stone
Neal McDonough
  Major Bennington
Tom Butler
  Vice Chairman Walters
Frank C. Turner
  Crazy Carl
Shannon Chan-Kent
  Roadhouse Waitress
Brad Kelly
  Roadhouse Thug
Elfina Luk
  Secretary of Homeland Security
Garry Chalk
  Navy Chief of Staff
Michael Hogan
  Air Force Chief of Staff
Peter Bryant
  Army Chief of Staff
Jeremy Arnold
  Businessman
Jeanie Cloutier
  Businesswoman
Bailey Skodje
  Minivan Kid
Dean Petriw
  Minivan Kid
Jeff Sanca
  Minivan Dad
Lisa Chandler
  Minivan Mom
Terence Kelly
  Farmer Zimmer
Sean Campbell
  Bartender
Scott Patey
  Bar Patron / On Set Sonic
Sandy Robson
  Bar Patron
Colleen O'Shaughnessey
  Tails (voice)
Debs Howard
  New Girlfriend (uncredited)
Leanne Lapp
  Tissue Girl (uncredited)
Nadeen Lightbody
  Robotnik Agent (uncredited)
John Specogna
  Rowdy Bar Folk Member (uncredited)
Steve Warky Nunez
  Driver (uncredited)
Breanna Watkins
  Line Dancer (uncredited)

 Crew


Jeanne McCarthy
  Casting
David Arnold
  Second Assistant Director
Sean Haworth
  Production Design
Neal H. Moritz
  Producer
Debra Neil-Fisher
  Editor
Grant Van Der Slagt
  Art Direction
Peter Lyons Collister
  Second Unit Director
Pete Antico
  Stunts
Tim Miller
  Executive Producer
Junkie XL
  Original Music Composer
Stephen F. Windon
  Director of Photography
Krista Bell
  Stunt Driver
Josh Miller
  Screenplay
Patrick Casey
  Screenplay
Jeff Fowler
  Director
Jeff Fowler
  Executive Producer
Takeshi Itô
  Producer
Naoto Oshima
  Characters
Yuji Naka
  Characters
Nicole Abellera
  Casting
Krishnan Jay
  Production Manager
Leslie Woo
  Casting
Nan Morales
  Executive Producer
Nan Morales
  Unit Production Manager
Stacey Schroeder
  Editor
Dean Bailey
  Stunt Driver
Takeshi Itō
  Producer
Lisa Rodgers
  Post Production Supervisor
Kory Grim
  Stunts
Chuck Williams
  Associate Producer
J. Michael Williams
  Unit Production Manager
Gurjit Chohan
  Second Assistant Director
Tommy Clarke
  Stunts
Hajime Satomi
  Executive Producer
Masanao Maeda
  Executive Producer
Shamess Shute
  First Assistant Director
Chris Uyede
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Justin Muller
  First Assistant Director
Ged Wright
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Rhonda Taylor
  Unit Manager
Mie Onishi
  Producer
Mie Onishi
  Associate Producer
Toru Nakahara
  Producer
Toby Ascher
  Producer


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kinglargo

I had high expectation for Sonic, simply because I love the concept of "super-speed" but it didn't deliver. The latest trailer had all the good scenes. A lot of scenes involving super-speed are incoherent and made no sense. You cannot have a missile frozen in time and a the same time a button push going faster (that's just one example). Jim Carrey nailed the role as Eggman.

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Louisa Moore - Screen Zealots

In what could only be a dead-of-winter miracle in the Upside Down, I just saw an inspired-by a video game movie that wasn’t absolutely terrible. There is nothing about “Sonic the Hedgehog” that seems like it will be watchable, much less actually good, but I’ve been proven wrong by this lively, wacky, and campy family film. There’s oodles of fun to be had here by both adults and kids.

This live action adventure comedy is based on the blockbuster SEGA game that centers around a speedy bright blue hedgehog named Sonic. Basing a movie on a flimsy gaming character will be ill-advised at least 95% of the time, but this movie finds the ideal balance between a lively (if basic) original story and well-placed Easter eggs for fans. Here, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) has a series of misadventures on Earth with his newfound human friend Tom (James Marsden), a small-town police officer. The two have to work together to stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic for his evil experiments.

The themes of friendship and loneliness are at play, and the cast does a great job keeping things fun. Marsden is ridiculously likable and goofy as an everyman, and Schwartz brings an empathy that carries the majority of the film with his voice performance. Best of all is Carrey, hamming it up with a manic stamina that’ll remind you why you always loved him in the first place.

There are plenty of action scenes and rude humor (and a couple of strange, over-the-top scenes that read as advertisements for Olive Garden), which are all entertaining enough to recommend “Sonic” for a fun family night out at the movies.


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Sonic the Hedgehog was one of my Most Anticipated Movies of 2020, not because I expected it to be one of the best films of the year, but due to the controversy that surrounded it. The original design of Sonic was awful, and a lot of people still blame the VFX artists/animators unfairly. These people work extra hours, they're underpaid, and they were given an impossible schedule to deliver a masterful work. Fortunately, most people now recognize that the studio and all of its execs are the ones to blame.

The Internet voiced its opinion in a very polite manner (as usual), but this time, an unprecedented event occurred: the studio actually listened and decided to delay the movie until Sonic received a better treatment visually. Now, I firmly believe that, in any other case, this would be extremely dangerous. I don't think the audience should have this much power over the studios, especially through social media. I mean, if studios changed their films every time people criticized a design or an adaptation decision, movies would be constantly delayed. However…

In this particular case, I'm super glad they did it. One question a lot of people might ask is, "how would this film perform with the old design?". It would be horrible. There's absolutely no chance of people enjoying this movie with the previous Sonic. This new design not only honors the character's visuals, but it complements the film's tone. Jim Carrey delivers an incredibly cartoonish performance, which would become way too out-of-place if Sonic looked (awfully) real. Having both the hero and villain being/acting like a cartoon, that awkwardness doesn't exist.

Sonic truly is the best part of the whole thing. If you've played the games and if you carry an emotional connection to this character, there are tons of scenes for you to enjoy. Sonic looks wonderful, sounds fantastic (excellent voice work from Ben Schwartz), and best of all, his personality resembles the videogame character. Everything that's directly Sonic-related is perfectly faithful to the source material, which will definitely please every Sonic fan. That's pretty much my main message: if you're a fan of the little blue guy, I can't imagine anyone being disappointed.

Unfortunately, he's honestly the only great aspect of the movie. It's really cool to watch Jim Carrey going back to his roots and having so much fun with his role. However, he's very hit-and-miss. When he's condescending someone, he's quite funny, but Carrey's mannerisms don't always work. Still, once again, I believe he's very faithful to the original Dr. Robotnik, who was by no means a "normal" person. James Marsden is really good as Tom, but his character never goes beyond "Sonic's pal".

My main issues are regarding the screenplay. No, I never expected it to be an Oscar-worthy narrative. I just wanted a simple story that allowed Sonic to shine, and in the film's defense, it's indeed a basic plot. However, the sheer abundance of cliches, the lack of any surprises, and the logical questions raised by some narrative decisions are too much to handle, in my opinion. There are three product placement scenes that are some of the laziest, obvious, cringe-worthy examples since the Transformers' movies. It feels like the film stops to have a few commercials.

Subplots that serve as tension-building during the movie fail to have a resolution by the end. Storylines that were once important are entirely forgotten and never addressed again. Every single character serves as comic-relief, everyone gets to be the "clown". I repeat: I never expected a brilliant screenplay. But is it too much to ask the writers to have as much dedication and creativity as the VFX artists who handled Sonic? The latter group worked like crazy to deliver a perfect design. Why can't the writers try harder to offer a more compelling, unique, and rational story?

The way Dr. Robotnik comes into play and the level of permission he has to do whatever he desires to is laughable. Everything human-related raises too many eyebrows and rolls too many eyes. I've commented about the film online, and some people addressed me by saying, "you're overanalyzing /you're expecting too much from it". I wholeheartedly understand these observations, I genuinely do. The thing is: I don't believe I'm overthinking, let alone expecting it to be a masterpiece. Why should people simply accept that a movie "can't be better than what it is"? Why can't people ask for the potential that a Sonic film has? Why should I be content that it's "not bad"?

I'm completely honest: I wanted to like this movie way more than most people. The whole controversy concerning Sonic's design and the unfair blame that the VFX artists received, left me with an overwhelming desire to absolutely love this film, so I could support the massive work that these people went through. I love everything that's Sonic-related in the movie. His design, voice, and personality are spot-on, and I can't imagine a single fan of the little blue hedgehog being disappointed. However, even with a really good cast and a 90s' Jim Carrey, Sonic the Hedgehog is packed with extreme cliches and narrative decisions that roll too many eyes. Some of the most obvious and cringe-worthy product placement since Michael Bay's Transformers. Characters built from Hollywood's recycling box and side stories are thrown away with no resolution. It's a fun adventure that any family can enjoy on a Sunday afternoon, but I can't lie to myself: I wish it could have been more entertaining and less frustrating story-wise.

Rating: C+


teamelitedev

The world needed a hero -- it got a hedgehog. Powered with incredible speed, Sonic embraces his new home on Earth -- until he accidentally knocks out the power grid, sparking the attention of uncool evil genius Dr. Robotnik. Now, it's supervillain vs. supersonic in an all-out race across the globe to stop Robotnik from using Sonic's unique power to achieve world domination.


aardwark69

Jim Carrey as a bad guy... great bad guy, full of zeal for being the worst bad character ever, and not being his usual self. Sonic - the main character is fun, even if his backround story sucks when compared to other characters. Still, it is fun, full of energy, and a good movie to share with kids.


JPV852

Cute, family-friendly, comedy that's entertaining enough and sees Jim Carrey back in whacky, over-the-top form that's been missing the past decade plus it seems, and he works so well in this kind of film. Nothing innovative and the visual effects are hit or miss, however Sonic's design was well done (so thankfully the initial version was scrapped and redone from scratch). **3.5/5**


Gimly

My roommate is a **huge** Sonic fan, and she loved it. I never really cared for the games as a kid, but I liked them a lot more than I did this movie.

_Final rating:★½: - Boring/disappointing. Avoid where possible._



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