the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way.” Director: Jeff FowlerWriters: […]
the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way.”
Director: Jeff Fowler Writers: Pat Casey, Josh Miller, John Whittington Staring: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Idris Elba, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore Release Date: April 8, 2022 IMDB
If you are looking for a PG rated movie that has action, laughs, some sneaky adult humor, but mainly loud sounds and a frenetic pace, then let me introduce you to Sonic The Hedgehog 2. To the 10 year old child who wants desperately to watch a PG-13 movie but is not allowed to yet, this is the movie for you. To the parent that wants to put a movie on to quiet their kids but also keep you awake while you fold laundry, this sequel gets the job done.
Director Jeff Baker returns for Sonic The Hedgehog 2 with a similar formula as the original, but with some extra spice tacked on. The talents of Idris Elba and Colleen O’Shaughnessey join the voice cast as Knuckles and Tails, and the familiar voice of Ben Schwartz returns as Sonic alongside his loving guardian Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). All together, because everyone loves each other, the heroes must unite to take down Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) before he destroys the world.
It has to be said that like the 2020 original, Jim Carrey is the best part of this movie. The sequel opens up with him on the mushroom planet and it is exciting to see his eccentric personality being quirky and extremely expressive. While it is hard to believe that Carrey is retiring from acting and this Dr. Robotnik is his final part, the part does remind you of his best qualities. Carrey gets to do all his massive face molding antics. He gets to do bring out his classic voice fluctuation. Carrey has always had a sense of childishness to his comedic performances, and that is not an insult. In that sense, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 does work as sendoff for this all-timer.
Will Jim Carey get honored at the Oscars at some point? Lifetime achievement? Feel like that would be a very cool moment and would give the show a more comedic and lighthearted spin for a bit.
While Carey is the best part of the movie, one can bend the knee a bit to the action sequences as well. For a PG movie, they are pretty fun to look at. Perhaps the ending gets a bit to CGI heavy with the mighty morphing Power Rangers big baddie, but the snow avalanche escape was a fun watch and the booby trap avoidance on the secret island is also worth keeping both eyes on. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 doesn’t break the mold, but it plays the right notes.
The only detestable scene in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the wedding scene and the subsequent slap stick comedy that ensues after the nuptials ends. Tom and Maddie are attending Rachel (Natasha Rothwell) and Randall’s (Shemar Moore) destination wedding, but it all goes to shit when it is revealed that Randall is a secret government agent. What? Huh? Really? Yea, I didn’t see that coming.
The whole sequence devolves into slo-motion golf cary tirades and trinkets flinging gun-wielding goof balls into the sky. It is a moment where the ladies of the movie get to shine. Unfortunately there is a lot of dust covering the viewing experience. This was incredibly cringe worthy.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is exactly what it is meant to be. This is a fun family movie that has a quick pace with both slapstick comedy and entertaining action. The voice acting is on the mark, specially from Schwartz as the titular character. Carrey carries (see what I did there?) the human side of the story with his wit, and his high-pitched freneticism is a good foil to Elba’s deep sultry tone as Knuckles.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 did the sequel well. Same recipe, just a few more spices mixed in. Will there be a third course for Sonic and his adopted family? Maybe. The post credit scene shows Shadow, who is the next big bad major character from the Sonic universe. A new alien being with crazy power will be fun to watch battle Sonic, Knuckles and Tails, but not having Dr. Robotnik may harm the second sequel’s overall vibe.
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