Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Paramount

Poor Sonic the Hedgehog. First, there was the whole “Sonic looks deranged” fiasco, which led to an entire redesign for the titular hedgehog (which financially destroyed the special effects studio that handled it). Then, it had its run in the theaters curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end, though, Sonic has prevailed.

The second movie is perhaps a bit better, but it all started here. James Marsden does well in the underbaked role of “Sonic’s human friend.” Ben Schwartz is a good voiceover actor. Jim Carrey chewing scenery is fun. There’s a reason why Sonic the Hedgehog has yielded two sequels (one arriving soon) and a TV spinoff in Knuckles.

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