Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2: A knuckle to the face

Sonic the Hedgehog 1 was loads of fun. I mean sure, it was ripped to shreds before it opened because Sonic looked like the bastard child of Marjorie Taylor Greene and a cactus. Thankfully, the fan outcry was heard and Sonic was made to look, well, less shit and more like Sonic. But it was definitely fun. So what about this movie? Well Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is fun, just not as much as it’s predecessor.

Sonic the hedgehog 2 old design
Kill it with fire

I remember my mate Hammer telling me I should watch it, so I did. I won’t lie though, I was hesitant. But the movie was great. It was a ton of fun, Jim Carrey was back to his old crazy face acting and the effects were awesome. I even found myself fist bumping the air at times! With Sonic the Hedgehog 2, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

Sonic the hedgehog 2 knuckles and dr robotnic

I can say without a doubt the best thing about Sonic’s second outing, is Jim Carrey. He is superb. Every scene he is in, he steals. Even his sidekick Stone, is a delight to watch. James Marsden returns as the puke-inducing family man whose family quotes will have you punching yourself in the face. I know I know, this is a kids show, and at times it REALLY feels like it. The American cheese is Big Mac level in this movie, but again, it’s aimed at kids.

Wedding, but why?

And then it isn’t. Then suddenly the movie is focusing on some side story about a wedding. It has zero relevance to the greater plot, and had me scratching my head like a lice-induced toddler. Wtf was this about? Some big mamma getting married to (mild spoiler) a guy who turns out to be part of an FBI-type organisation trying to catch Sonic? These people are friends of Sonic’s ‘parents’ for gods sake, this makes no sense! I groaned at this 20 minute nonsense and was begging for more Dr. Robotnik.

The big difference this time round is the introduction of Knuckles, voice-acted by Idris Alba, and Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Miles “Tails” Prower. Both are loads of fun. I really liked the interactions of the virtual trio. Some really cute moments between Sonic and Tails too.

Sonic the hedgehog 2 tails sonic and knuckles

One of the fights between Sonic and Knuckles was superb. You really got the feel the Knuckles could kick the blue out of poor Sonic. Once again Sonic delivers on the visuals. Almost enough so that it makes up for the pretty terrible writing. They seem to have dug down a bit too much into the ‘it’s a dog, kids will love it, now it’s a dog WITH sunglasses, laugh, I said LAUGH! A lot of the jokes won’t make you laugh. And some are aimed at an adult audience that also won’t make you laugh.

But, there are some jokes that are pretty damn funny. Poking fun at other franchisees and films, some great puns and of course, Jim Carrey. He’s given free reign to do what ever the hell he wants, and it works, perfectly. It will be interesting to see if he comes back for the inevitable third movie, though.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 conclusion

I enjoyed the movie, for the most part. I think there is a great deal of crappy fluff though! If you liked the first, I’d suggest watching this. Just go in knowing there is a lot more nonsense with the humans at the expense of Sonic et als screen time.

6.5/10

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