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In 2020, the first Sonic film, Sonic the Hedgehog, was released, and received great feedback from audiences and fans alike; even people who are not fans of extreme Sonic really like this movie. As time goes on and a year goes by without many films, fans are excited about a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog. At the 2021 Game Awards, trailers for the sequel were shown, and fans were excited to see aspects of games like “Sonic 2” and “Sonic 3 & Knuckles.” People are more excited for the film than the original. When the film was finally released, fans were thrilled with the elements of the film.
The characters in this film performed as expected. Sonic is once again well represented, and there are more characters that really shine in this film. Ben Schwartz nailed the character’s satire and emotional appeal, just like in the original film. Sonic progresses throughout the film and begins to realize that his chance to become a hero is coming. Tails made his film debut, with Colleen O’Shaughnessy reprising her role from the game. While he’s a likable character and people enjoy watching his friendship with Sonic develop, his biggest weakness is that Tails’ character feels underdeveloped. He could have done more, and that’s even more unfortunate because Tails is in the end credits of the first film, signaling the potential for more involvement.
Knuckles, played by Idris Elba, performed superbly. For years, Knuckles was depicted as a stereotypical meat head as smart as a bag of potatoes, but the writers corrected his character to be more like that shown in “Sonic 3 & Knuckles.” He was more serious, while also unaware of the new world he had arrived in, and was motivated to find Master Emerald. Idris Elba really brings out his character, and Knuckles is one of the best characters in the film. Finally, Doctor Eggman finished as well. While not as funny as in the original, Jim Carrey does a great job portraying the madness and madness of the characters, while trying to stay the same crazy genius from the previous films.
All the characters visually look amazing. Tails and Knuckles looks like it was ripped straight out of the game and transported to the real world; The Eggman design looks stunning, and the Sonic looks even better than it looked a few years ago. The sets and props are fantastic, and it’s safe to say that the set designers really paid attention to the game, with some references to classic titles from the SEGA Genesis era.
The story follows Doctor Eggman, who teams up with Knuckles to defeat Sonic and find Master Emerald. With Tails by Sonic’s side, it becomes a race to get the emeralds first. The owl and echidnas backgrounds are very interesting and provide a lot of history to LongClaw, the film’s original character, and Knuckles’ entire motive for destroying Sonic. The biggest criticism of this film is the balance between scenes with Sonic characters and human characters. While viewers enjoyed Tom and Maddie, one could tell the writers had nothing left for them to do. Most of the film focuses on Sonic and Tails or Knuckles and Doctor Eggman, but is constantly interrupted by the side-plot of Rachel’s marriage lasting too long. It’s a shame because the film could have used that time to develop the bond between Sonic and Tails.
The final act shocks viewers and goes against their expectations, and that is the main talking point of the film. With the final battle taking place in Green Hills, the film reinforces the abilities of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles, somewhat reminiscent of the 2003 game, “Sonic Heroes.” The final battles are very well choreographed, from the Eggman robot to computer generated animations of all three heroes, especially after Super Sonic took over the film. Super Sonic was awesome to see in live action, but he wasn’t there for long. There might be a longer scene with him fighting the robot Eggman, but Super Sonic just disappears after the fight. Hopefully fans get to see this form and Chaos Emeralds returns if there’s a third film.
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” is a good film overall. Despite its flaws, unnecessary scenes and sometimes missing potential in certain aspects, this film is still a good adaptation. While the original film was better in terms of Sonic’s character and origins, the sequels advance the story by answering questions about characters like LongClaw, fan-favorite additions and fun references from the game. As with the last film, fans are excited for the next one and are looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. Hopefully, if there is a third film, it will end on a high note with fans loving it as much as they love the other two.