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‘Sonic 2’ Movie Review: Sequel’s Fast Fun Captures Sense of Childhood Adventure

Knuckles takes on our blue hero in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

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When I was a kid, in the 90s, Sonic the Hedgehog was about adventure. My friends and I spent summers huddled around a Sega Genesis (well, we called it a Mega Drive), trying to navigate everything the 1991 video game had to offer. When sequels Sonic 2, 3 and Sonic & Knuckles followed, the fun grew to 11 with awesome new characters like Tails and Knuckles. My young mind was blown again and again, creating amazing gaming memories.

the first film adaptation Launched in theaters two years ago, and with its sense of fast-paced fun, Sega’s blue blur has grabbed a whole new generation of young fans (even those who’d never played the games). These fans are now ready to meet sonic’s buddies and discover more about this rich and imaginative universe. sonic the hedgehog 2 in US theaters Fridayand it will undoubtedly delight children of all ages, with director Jeff Fowler find in this sequel this sense of adventure so important that you remember from your childhood.

We reunite with Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as he bristles at the limitations of being a child in the care of foster Earth Tom and Maddie Wachowski (James Marsden and Tika Sumpter). Sonic sneakily travels from Green Hills, Montana to bustling Seattle for some late-night superhero antics. It’s an engaging opener, blending the lightning-fast action of the previous film with the warm, fuzzy message of being satisfied with family and friendship.

‘Sonic 2’ Movie Review: Sequel’s Fast Fun Captures Sense of Childhood Adventure

Jim Carrey dials in the silliness for his second outing as the wacky Dr. Robotnik.

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Sonic’s family life will soon be threatened by Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik, who sports a neatly shaved head and beautifully bushy mustache and has become even more unhinged during his months trapped alone on a mushroom planet. He returns home summoning Knuckles the Echidna (Idris Elba), perhaps the most beloved member of Sonic’s supporting cast (because red is badass and can climb walls). The two team up to hunt the reality altering Master Emerald.

Sonic gets help in the form of Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), the two-tailed fox’s iconic sidekick, bringing the film’s cast of anthropomorphic characters to three. They’re so beautifully rendered that you’ll quickly forget you’re looking at silly CGI creations, banishing any lingering aesthetic doubts after the first film. initial design has been modified following fan outcry.

‘Sonic 2’ Movie Review: Sequel’s Fast Fun Captures Sense of Childhood Adventure

Extremely cute tails complete the film’s basic CGI trio.

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That’s partly because the writing and performances make each distinct and lovable — Schwartz’s Sonic is faster-paced and pop culture-obsessed than ever, O’Shaughnessey’s Tails is unassuming and uncertain, and Elba infuses Knuckles. a clever mix of intensity and naivety. . When they’re thrown in with Carrey at his most cartoonish, it’s easy to get caught up in their quest for a shiny green MacGuffin.

Each sequence focusing on Sonic and his friends is so visually delightful and completely dazzling that it’s hard not to revel in the CGI spectacle and pop culture references. As the film leans more heavily on footage from classic games (a scene referencing Sonic’s inability to swim is notable), which will no doubt delight fans nostalgic for the 90s and draw the young players in a retro odyssey.

‘Sonic 2’ Movie Review: Sequel’s Fast Fun Captures Sense of Childhood Adventure

Old school gamers will enjoy some of the iconic Sonic 2 imagery.


The plots with the human characters vary; Lee Majdoub’s Agent Stone is a joy to watch as he pines for Robotnik in his lovely new cafe, while Adam Pally’s clueless Deputy Sheriff doesn’t get enough screen time (they share though some great scenes together).

It looks like screenwriters Josh Miller, Patrick Casey, and John Whittington didn’t know what to do with the Wachowskis, since Marsden and Sumpter spend most of the film embroiled in a subplot involving his sister’s wedding in Hawaii. These sequences give Natasha Rothwell the chance to show off her comedic chops as a stressed bride, but they overstay their welcome, add little to the main narrative, and make the movie run about 20 minutes too long.

Despite this diversion, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is the confident sequel the original had me hoping for, with a sharper storyline and jokes that will make you laugh. It retains the family tone of the original and dives into classic games to create a cinematic universe for Sega’s beloved icon – the ’90s sense of adventure lives on.

‘Sonic 2’ Movie Review: Sequel’s Fast Fun Captures Sense of Childhood Adventure

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