Sonic the Hedgehog film: Critics put the brakes on

Sonic the HedgehogImage copyright Paramount Pictures
Image caption Sonic the Hedgehog is on the run from the US authorities

The opinions are in for the new-and-improved Sonic the Hedgehog film, and the critics have been getting their (human) enamel caught in.

The trailer was out final May, however Sonic went again to the drafting board after followers reacted badly to how he seemed.

Variety stated he “has been redesigned to satisfy fans, but no-one figured out how to make him as fun as he is fast”.

And IndieWire declared that “fixing Sonic’s terrifying face hasn’t made this movie any less of a nightmare”.

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Image caption Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik is described as “more fun and far more animated” than Sonic

Jim Carrey performs Dr Robotnik, who – in addition to the US authorities – is chasing the supersonic Sega hedgehog, portrayed in voice and facial movement seize by Ben Schwartz.

The Guardian gave the movie two stars, noting how “dastardly Jim Carrey gives Sonic the blues”.

The paper’s critic Steve Rose wrote: “Carrey’s moustache-twirling villain is more fun and far more animated than the charmless hero in this derivative caper.”

The Telegraph was equally unenthused. “The video game speed freak [is] slowed down to a drab, joyless crawl,” wrote Robbie Collin.

Before he was a film star, Sonic first appeared as a thrill-seeking Sega online game character within the early-90s.

The New York Times concluded that the “Sega adaptation hedges its bets”. Ben Kenigsberg wrote: “Improvements to Sonic’s appearance haven’t done much for a generic script.”

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Image caption Sonic’s enamel earlier than (proper) and after

The movie finds sheriff Tom Wachowski – portrayed by James Mardsen – befriend Sonic and support him in his quest to cease Robotnik’s world domination.

Some discovered heart-warming parts to take pleasure in. “Sonic the Hedgehog is really a buddy comedy about Tom and Sonic,” wrote Gamespot‘s Phil Hornshaw. “And it’s at its best when it leans into that dynamic.”

He added: “Schwartz is a perfect choice for this version of Sonic, who’s a little irreverent and intensely tuned in to American pop culture somehow, but also earnest and upbeat.”

“He’s too cute not to love,” pleaded Dami Lee in The Verge – however with a caveat.

“The new Sonic is so adorable that it almost makes up for a pretty generic plot and a human cast that play the roles of ‘heroic’ and ‘bad’ so straight, they could be extras in The Good Place.”

Sonic the Hedgehog is out on Friday.

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