Parent Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

Updated: Feb 16, 2020

Is it worth taking the munchkins to see this one? Better question: is it appropriate for your kids? Read on for my take on 2020's Sonic the Hedgehog.

Nostalgia is an extremely powerful thing, and it’s no surprise that production companies use that to take advantage of consumers… and it’s working. 2019 has already brought us remakes of Disney’s Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King; not to mention movies like Men In Black: International, It, Detective Pikachu, and a 9th Star Wars movie.

2020 now brings us our favorite blue hedgehog, transformed from his original pixelated 2D self to a glorious 3D rendering.

The type of media – letting loose cartoons in a live-action film – is nostalgic in and of itself (I still remember growing up watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit).

This is a family-friendly, action/adventure ride from beginning to end. It’s about a space hedgehog (Sonic) who was teleported to Earth to escape those pursuing him for his special powers. After being careless and setting off a powerful energy surge, he finds himself on the run again… this time from Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik. His only hope of escaping is to find his rings (yes, those rings from the video games) to teleport himself to a different world.

True to its PG-rating, I did not find myself cringing at anything major while watching it with my 5-year-old.

The worst the language got was “hell,” “stupid,” and a couple of “butt” and “fart” jokes.

The movie did not have any sexy scenes though it did have quite a few violent scenes – a mother-figure owl shot by an arrow (looked like she was ok), a brawl in a bar, and several scenes with fireballs and over-the-top explosions from Dr. Robotnik’s drones. The overall theme was that of friendship and what it means to care for those you love.


Braeden’s final verdict: “I like it so much, I give it 8 stars (out of 5)!”

Braeden’s favorite part: “I liked when Sonic was being chased, and he teleported all over the whole world.”

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