Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
99 min|Action, Adventure, Comedy|14 Feb 2020
6.5Rating: 6.5 / 10 from 159,326 usersMetascore: 47
After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.

This console game’s fan certainly familiar with the super-fast blue hedgehog. Sonic the Hedgehog is an adventure action film adapted from SEGA’s masterpiece game, Sonic. Sonic directed by debutant Jeff Fowler, with the comedian and the legend of the 1990s, Jim Carrey. This film with USD 80-95 million budget, is also worked with well-known stars James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Ben Scwartz as the voice of Sonic. From many adaptation game movies, does Sonic offer something different?

Once upon a time, Sonic was an alien hiding from planet to planet to avoid parties who wanted to harness his superpowers. Sonic has now been living peacefully on Planet Earth for so long. Although lonely, he tried to be part of life in the small town of Greenhille, Montana. He knew everyone in the city, even though almost no one had seen him in person. His idol is Tom, the town’s sheriff. Finally, the government was aware of the alien existence in Greenhill and sent eccentric scientists, Dr. Robotnik.

For game’s fan, this film is certainly nostalgic. Even though it was not my favorite game back then, but this game was really fun because of its dynamic visuals. In the opening also presents its visual game before the story moves to the real world, aka Planet Earth. In the first act, unexpectedly, the story was really interesting and attractive. It was easy for us to empathize this blue creature as fast as its figure ran. Unfortunately, the story suddenly turns out to be too simple when Robotnik appears. The plot becomes easy to anticipate and flows lightly without surprises till the end.

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Jim Carrey is clearly the main concern here and not the blue figure itself. For fans of the comedian, this film is clearly a good solace since the “pet detective” disappeared from the sparkling film industry for several years. Jim played exactly the same as in his heyday with his distinctive facial style and expression. Even in this film, Jim doesn’t look old at all. He is still able to show tricks of humor and chatter without leaving his role as Robotnik.

Although some of the action and visuals are entertaining, Sonic The Hedgehog doesn’t offer much, except for the iconic comedian Jim Carrey who returns with his old comedy style. I hope the actor can come back to the film industry. The blue figure itself also cannot be considered original in this modern era because it’s only combination of The Flash and Doctor Strange. The film ends with a sequel possibility by bringing up other popular characters in its game play. I am not enthusiastic for the sequel but I hope Jim will take role again.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.


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