Looking for a fun film to entertain the entire family while practicing social distancing? Well you are in luck as Sonic the Hedgehog arrives on digital today. Though the film is set to arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 19th, it is getting an earlier a digital release to help audiences beat the indoor blues.
Currently the second highest grossing film of the year worldwide, Sonic the Hedgehog is a film that will delight viewers young and old. Based on the iconic video game of the same name, Jeff Fowler’s adaptation follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), an alien hedgehog speedster hiding out on Earth, as he races to locate his missing sack of magical rings. Along for the ride is Tom (James Marsden), a bored small-town sheriff who is looking forward to moving to the big city with his wife Maddie (Tika Sumpter), who is the reason Sonic lost the rings in the first place.
As the unlikely pair embark on an impromptu road trip, they must work together if they ever hope to evade the brilliant, but egotistical, Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Brought in by the government to investigate a massive blackout, which Sonic accidently caused, Robotnik will stop at nothing until he has acquired Sonic for his own evil purposes.
Incorporating plenty of elements of the video game, while simultaneously bringing his own unique charms, Fowler’s film is a delight. Sonic may not break the mould from a narrative standpoint, but the film provides enough action and humour to satisfy. The humour is especially notable thanks to the comedic timing of Schwartz and Carrey. Jim Carrey seems particularly rejuvenated as the maniacal Dr. Robotnik, tapping into his classic brand of physical humour that propelled him to stardom.
In the “Building Dr. Robotnik” bonus feature Jim Carrey elaborates on his motivations for the evil genius. The cast also sheds light on what it was like working with a comedic legend like Carrey. Another interesting segment is “For the Love of Sonic” which dives into the challenges and various techniques, such as utilizing “Bullet Time”, used to ensure the adaptation was faithful. Lastly, fans of the video game will enjoy a trip down memory lane as “The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic” retraces how the iconic Sega Genesis game came to be.
Regardless of whether one is a fan of the video game or not, Sonic the Hedgehog is a film the whole family can enjoy.
Bonus Features: Commentary by director Jeff Fowler and the voice of Sonic, Ben Schwartz, Around the World in 80 Seconds, Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, “Speed Me Up” Music Video, For the Love of Sonic, Building Robotnik with Jim Carrey, The Blue Blur: Origins of Sonic, Sonic On Set