I’m going to start this one off by letting you know that I had zero expectations for this movie; my fiancé was the one who even made me go. This was one that I was going to skip altogether. While I found the original drama over the initial trailer hilarious, it didn’t make me want to see it. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Look how bad the movie could have been: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXDa8i75PpM.
I’m sure the production company is breathing a sigh of relief over the reception of this movie. It was sure to be a flop with the original CGI; pushing it back a few months for them to redesign the main character was definitely the right choice! With the new animation, Sonic himself was pretty adorable, which made it easier to watch. James Marsden also did a great job, as did Tika Sumpter as his wife. Jim Carrey, we’ll get to in a moment. . .
Given that I saw it nearly a month after opening weekend, there were no children in my screening, so it’s hard to tell how the jokes will play out with their intended audience. However, I was one of about 8 adults in my theater, and there were many giggles throughout the whole screening. Lots of inappropriate comments, a twenty-minute chunk of the movie filmed in a bar, and one awkward villain were the cause of much o the laughter. Whether that plays out well with children, I’m not so sure, but it sure was enjoyable for us grown-ups.
I honestly cannot decide how I feel about Jim Carrey in this film. He was an arrogant, evil, quirky bad guy contracted by the government to find the little blue alien (did you know Sonic was an alien? I did not…). He has many lines that are supposed to come off funny, but are actually pretty cringeworthy. However, he also has several scenes that are absolutely hilarious. Overall, he played his role well, but I think some of his dialogue could have been written better.
Surprisingly, I thought it was a cute movie! I’m not against live action with CGI characters; if you are, you probably won’t like this. But even besides my positive review, it’s gotten some decent reviews elsewhere too: all the kids at my school loved it, and it also has a 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. If you have a movie theater subscription (like AMC A-List or Regal Unlimited), then definitely go see it! You can even go see it at your local AMC for $5 on Tuesdays. If you don’t have access to any of that, wait for it to stream. It’ll be worth a few bucks to rent, but I wouldn’t waste $12-$15 on it in theaters.