Warning: This review contains spoilers for “Sonic The Hedgehog 2.”
Paramount and Sega’s “Sonic The Hedgehog 2”, the sequel to 2020’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” and based on the video game franchise of the same name, was released in theaters April 8.
The film picks up where it first left off, when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) is trapped on the mushroom planet he was sent to and plans to take revenge on Sonic. After a failed escape attempt, he encounters Knuckles (Idris Elba), the last Echidna to seek the Emerald Master, a device that grants the user immense powers. Robotnik suggests that they work together to achieve their goal and Knuckles helps Robotnik escape. Meanwhile, Sonic (Ben Schwartz) is in town when his antics accidentally destroy a city block. Tom (James Mardsen) lectures Sonic on responsibility before he and Maddie (Tika Sumpter) head off for a wedding in Hawaii. Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), who is shown arriving and looking for Sonic at the end of the previous film, tracks him down to help him. They both look at the map Sonic got from his dead mentor to track down Master Emerald, and they decide to head to Siberia to find the emerald key. While there, Knuckles chases after them and obtains the key, causing an avalanche. When Tails and Sonic escape through one of Sonic’s portal rings, they interfere with Tom’s wedding and are arrested. They eventually escape, only to find that Robotnick and Knuckles have found the shrine containing the Emerald Master. Both parties raced to get it, and it ended up in the hands of Robotnik. Despite this setback, Sonic earns Knuckle’s friendship when he saves him from one of the temple’s traps. The groups return home, with Robotnik uncovering an evil base beneath a local coffee shop and using Master Emerald on a city vehicle to create a giant robot that Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles must defeat. During the fight, the Emerald Master breaks into seven Chaos Emeralds, and Sonic uses them to power up Super Sonic, defeating Robotnik. While the humans are cleaning up, they discover a plan for “Project Shadow,” setting up Sonic’s popular rival, Shadow.
Visually, Knuckles and Tails translates well to film style, as they are furry and resemble their game counterparts; Moreover, they simultaneously integrate well with the film’s human cast. Other than that, some of the setpieces, like Super Sonic and Eggman’s fight and temple scenes, are pretty impressive.
The character development of this film is great for a children’s film. For example, Knuckles evolved from a stoic figure seeking revenge for his dead species to an ally of Sonic, using his powers to overcome obstacles while also learning to loosen up occasionally. Sonic also develops throughout the film as he learns values such as responsibility. Tails also evolves, transforming from a squealing fanboy to a useful ally, providing an important distraction in the final fight scene.
The performances of the actors are also good. In particular, Sonic Schwartz’s performance captures the character’s personality well, as he portrays Sonic as impatient and hyperactive in the game, but also keeps him human by emphasizing other aspects, such as his loyalty. Carrey’s performance as Robotnik suits him well too, as it’s very overdramatic which fits his usual acting style and the series itself, With this in mind, it makes sense that the film would be even more ridiculous to match the game, considering it features a world of talking animals battling mad scientists. use powerful gems.
Like the first film, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” adds many elements from the original game to the continuity of this universe. The most obvious references to the game are Tails, Knuckles, Chaos Emeralds, and Shadow — all of which are the main components of the game. The film also features many other, more subtle references. For example, at one point in the film Knuckles chases Sonic and Tails down a mountain during an avalanche, a reference to the Icecap Zone in the game “Sonic The Hedgehog 3″ which features a similar set piece. Additionally, while Sonic and Tails is in a Siberian bar, Sonic poses in a manner similar to the box art of the 1999 video game “Sonic Adventure. The reference even extends to the film’s promotional campaign, which includes a poster that references the box art from the video game “Sonic.” The Hedgehog 2” and tweet which refers to the game title screen.
In conclusion, “Sonic The Hedgehog 2” has good acting, decent effects and character development with a plot that makes sense enough for those who only remember the first film, while also containing enough references for other sequels to satisfy hardcore fans.
Bailey Kanthatham is Contributed Entertainment Writer. He can be reached at email@example.com.