Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review: Video Game Sequel is a High Octane Blockbuster!

In 2020, a video game icon ran onto the silver screen. At long last Sonic the Hedgehog made his cinematic debut, and despite some controversy that preceded its release, the character made an impression with the film grossing over $300 million as well as impressing this Film Adventurer with its entertainment and impressive understanding of the lore. It was clear that Paramount had a success on their hands and it did not take long for the studio to green light a sequel. Sure enough, over two years later the blue hedgehog returned in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Once again directed by Jeff Fowler, the new film deals with Sonic (Ben Schwartz) teaming with a fox named Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessy) in order to stop Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) who, along with the help the echidna Knuckles (Idris Elba), seeks to conquer the world by obtaining the power of the Master Emerald. The new movie takes inspiration from its video game counterpart as well as its sequel: Sonic the Hedgehog 3. With the first film being such a surprise, I found myself excited to see what was instore for this continuation, and after rushing to the theater to see it I have to say this sequel is another exciting adventure for the blue hedgehog.

Like any sequel it was interesting to see just how the filmmakers would continue to story of Sonic, and I thought they did a pretty good job. Much like the first film, the plot to this movie moves quickly but this could be a determent for the film as its quick pace took away from the grandiose aspects surrounding this adventure. Furthermore, some aspects such as the side plot with Tom and Maddie (James Marsden and Tika Sumpter) could feel out place in the overall story. Regardless the story behind the sequel had a lot to offer. Along with expanding elements seen in the previous film, the plot also utilizes aspects from the franchise in a manner that felt appropriate. All of this culminated in a conclusion that was exciting and captured the enjoyment behind this series to near perfection.

Along with high-speed story, the movie featured a high octane cast that was easily a highlight for the sequel. Sonic continues to be a delight as his decent development was matched by his quick wit; and Ben Schwartz continues to delver as the blue hedgehog. Along with Sonic was of course Tail and Knuckles who both shined in this movie. Tails had some good moments with Sonic while Knuckles practically stole the show which was thanks from the fantastic performance from Idris Elba. When it came to the human characters, each brought a sense of enjoyment. Jim Marsden was enjoyable as Tom (even with his limited development) as was Maddie who was a bit involved in this film. Supporting characters like Wade (Adam Pally), Rachel (Natasha Rothwell) and Stone (Lee Majdoub) had their moments, though their involvement in the film was scarce. Last and most certainly not least was Jim Carrey as Robotnik. Carrey’s take on the video game villain was outlandish in this first film, but in this movie the actor was in rare form. Egmman’s unhinged nature allowed Carrey to up the absurdity to eleven, and it was more than fitting for the character and cemented the enthusiasm behind this video game cast.

Just like its predecessor, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 featured a bright tone that was hard not to enjoy. The humor to this sequel had a much wit as the first film did while the action could be exhilarating-though the sequences could be quick. In the case aspects such as visuals and music, the film could be hit and miss. While the characters’ designs were effective other visuals clashed with the film’s bright cinematography and it could be distracting at times. As for the music, the score by Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) may not have the composer’s most extravagant work, but it did have its moments.

Just its predecessor, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was a delight. While some aspects could have been stronger, elements such as the film's sense of adventure and enjoyable characters not only lived to the first film, but even exceeded them. Between its enlightening atmosphere and nod to the games, this movie cements Sonic's legacy on the big screen with a sequel with charm and excitement, making Sonic the Hedgehog 2 not just worthy to its series but a fun cinematic experience worthy of the silver screen.

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