I’m going to be honest, I’m not a gamer. I rarely play video games. Even growing up I never really did. But I still know who Sonic the Hedgehog is! When I saw the previews for Sonic the Hedgehog I knew I had to take Peyton to see it when it hit theaters.
Seeing as how I was never a Sega game player I really didn’t have much of an idea about Sonic’s backstory, but that wasn’t an issue. At the beginning of the film, we see Sonic as a young hedgehog living his best life in his native world. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, we learn why Sonic had to leave home and how he came to live in our world. Then we fast forward several years.
Sonic has been living on Earth for a while now. He made his home in the small town of Green Hills, Montana. He’s been able to live in secret among the locals and no one has been the wise, well except for Crazy Carl, he’s seen Sonic and calls him the Blue Devil. While keeping himself hidden, Sonic has grown to love and know the town. He even pseudo adopted Tom and Maddie Wochoski unbeknownst to them. To Sonic, they were one big family. He would sit outside the window and watch movies with them, do yoga from a distance with Maddie and observe Tom while he did his job around town.
To keep himself entertained, Sonic often played by himself. One night, after watching a little league game of baseball, Sonic decided to play a little baseball himself. He played all the positions, shortstop, first base, pitcher, catcher, literally every position because of his speed. But while Sonic got caught up in running the bases he built up an enormous energy charge that released knocking out power to a large portion of the Pacific Northwest. This definitely caught the attention of the military.
That attention was not something Sonic wanted. He knew he may be discovered so he went and gathered his magical rings. These rings could open doors to other worlds where Sonic could escape and hide. Though the next world that Sonic was jumping to was a world filled with mushrooms! Ick! But he also knew that was his only way to be safe.
The military recruited their best, brightest and somewhat demented Doctor Robotnik to hunt down what caused the power outage. Doctor Robotnik was eager for the challenge. He wanted to harness the power for himself and his somewhat questionable scientific research.
That is all I will give away of the movie.
Doctor Robotnik is played by Jim Carey and like in true Jim Carey style the role is brought to life with humor, kid-friendly sinister bad guy moves, and family-friendly vibes. Sonic the Hedgehog is a family-friendly movie that will entertain everyone. I had Peyton, 9 years old, myself and my grandmother with me at the screening and we all enjoyed it. There are not many movies out there that the whole family can enjoy. And I really appreciated that I didn’t need to have any Sonic the Hedgehog knowledge before I watched the movie. We all enjoyed it never having played the game before.
Bottom line, if you are looking for a film the whole family will enjoy, Sonic the Hedgehog fits the bill.
The one question I had from Peyton as we were leaving the theater was – Is there going to be another Sonic the Hedgehog? I’m banking on yes. I’m not going to give away the ending, but based on the last 5 minutes of the film, I can see a second film being made. Has it been announced yet? Nope, not that I could find online at the time I was writing this article. Like most sequels, I’m sure they are waiting to see how Sonic the Hedgehog does before they greenlight a sequel. But fingers crossed! I would love to see another movie that builds on this one.
Sonic the Hedgehog is playing nationwide at theaters. Be sure to check your local listings for times.