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Sonic The Hedgehog Is Great Fun For The Whole Family

Little more than a month ago Sonic The Hedgehog was released to theaters worldwide, and it took the number one spot at the box office. It held onto the title for a second week as well. The film created a new record for an opening day weekend for a movie based on a video game, and quickly became the highest grossing video game movie of all time in North America. Unfortunately due to the coronavirus the film’s success was forced to prematurely end. Deciding they wanted to do their part in helping keep the isolated people entertained, Paramount announced that they would be releasing the film early for digital purchase, and now you can own it at home starting March 31st.

Sonic the Hedgehog follows the story of a small, blue, talkative and extremely fast hedgehog who is forced to leave his home and relocate on Earth. Unfortunately after years of hiding though, he is discovered by an evil scientist who wishes to capture him and experiment on him. He’s not alone however, as a small town sheriff agrees to help Sonic evade capture and survive the scientist’s wrath.

Unlike a lot of video game films, Sonic the Hedgehog can actually hold the interest of those not interested in video games. He’d a cute, funny and lovable character that keeps you entertained. Of course part of the reason the film is so good is because of Jim Carrey, who stars as the evil scientist Dr. Robotnik. Carrey seems to have really found a film that brings him back to his comedy gold of old, and by the sounds of things a lot of the lines were ad-libbed by him. He really steals most of the scenes he in, which is something he hasn’t done a lot of in years. Another good casting choice was in putting James Marsden in the lead human role, as the sheriff who helps Sonic out. He does a great job playing straight man so to speak, which is something he typically plays in his films. Always crucial, but never one-upping anyone else in the film. Sure, the plot of the film is pretty basic, because most of it deals with obtaining the MacGuffin (in this case rings that Sonic loses early on in the film), but it makes you laugh and keeps you entertained, so it doesn’t really matter. Another thing great about it is that it will keep your children entertained for an hour and half. It moves at such a quick pace that children just won’t lose interest in it at any points. With all the negativity surrounding the film before it even came out (including the huge uproar over the original design of the character), it’s really surprising the film is as good as it is. 

Sonic the Hedgehog was big in theaters, and will more than likely be just as big at home. It’s something fun to watch that will take your mind off of current events for at least a little while. 

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