Sonic’s Superman origin story.
About as smart as you’d expect, but it’s intended as a (not smart) kids popcorn movie, so adjust expectations accordingly.
What works is that James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, and Jim Carrey are all fully invested in the project (Marsden, especially, buys into every last minute; kudos to him). Carrey indeed has glimpses of Classic Brilliant Carrey… but you’re left wanting more. Meanwhile, Ben Schwartz delivers a fine voiceover as Sonic. In lesser hands, the character could’ve been pretty bad.
Unfortunately, Sonic’s animation is never great, and sometimes teeters on pretty bad. Coupled with a terribly tiresome lonely-guys-become-buddies-and-go-on-a-road-trip plot, and it’s easily toward the bottom of kids’ options.
But worst of all (the city building scene aside) is Sonic’s speed seems bizarrely under-utilized in the set-pieces. I mean… that’s his thing. Use it more, and better.
Eh. This wasn’t as awful as I expected (...still bad).