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Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Review: A Brilliant Way To Indulge Your Inner Child

Ever since the official trailer dropped, expectations have been high for the sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog, and they are not amiss. Dare I say that the plot to bring out the inner children in us all has once again been extremely successful, not to mention gratifying. Sonic the Hedgehog 2, directed by Jeff Fowler, and written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington, was officially released on April 8th, 2022, driving throngs of people to the cinemas. Yes, I was part of the crowd.

The film follows Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), and his desire to prove himself as a hero. He pairs up with his sidekick Tails (voiced by Colleen O Shaughnessey), and together they journey around the globe, to find the emerald before the wrong hands seize it and catastrophe ensues.

This movie review contains my honest thoughts on everything, from the plot, to the characters, and much more, so keep reading.


Plot and Theme

For starters, I have to express my love for Jim Carrey. That man is a motion picture genius and there are very few words to describe him. From the moment I saw him as Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog 1, I was sold completely because he bodied the character to perfection. The insane French mustache, the persona, the way he talks, and the way he carries himself are straight out of the game itself. He pulled it off spectacularly and I don’t know anyone else who could have done a better job with the role.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 starts with Dr. Robotnik trying to get himself out of the mushroom planet where Sonic had him stranded, and that scene brings you down from the cliffhanger you were put on with the post-credits of Sonic 1. The setting was amazing and Sonic fans from the days of the 16-bit video game would absolutely love how this one played out.

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Movie lovers will also really appreciate all the pop-cultural references, like when Sonic compares the feud between the Long Claws Clan and the Echidnas to the constant squabble between Vin Diesel and The Rock, or when he calls Knuckles the Winter Soldier. There are a couple more throughout the movie if you can spot them when it happens.

Another mind-blowing moment was the introduction of Knuckles. Idris Elba killed that voice-over. The sheer authority that his voice commands was just perfect for the character. It’s almost the same way Morgan Freeman narrates anything at all. The character Knuckles was not just a raging lunatic who just wanted to kill the blue devil, there was a story behind everything and it made me relate with the character from a different perspective. The backstory gives you a better understanding of the character and also enlightens you on how easy it is to manipulate someone who is in so much anger or pain. This much I know first-hand.

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As much as it pains me to say this, I’m not satisfied with the cast of Tom, Sonic’s earth dad (James Marsden). In my opinion, someone else should have played the role. To be precise, Ryan Reynolds would have been a better Tom. That also goes for Maddie (Tika Sumpter). I don’t have a replacement in my head, but I did not particularly enjoy her acting. It felt like she was pretending, rather than acting. I’d rate both of them 6/10.

Of course, it’s a solid 10 for Jim Carrey. Rachel (Natasha Rothwell) was a whole vibe. Her gangster moments and the way she always has a bone to pick with Sonic and Tom provided a huge comic relief. Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone) was a befitting henchman to Robotnik, just like Peter Pettigrew to Voldemort, who was faithfully waiting for his master’s return, because he trusted that he would indeed return.

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As much as I loved Sonic the Hedgehog 2, I know it might not appeal to everyone. So, if you don’t have a child spirit, just go see another movie instead and that goes also for people that don’t like Sci-Fi (who are you anyway?). I don’t know who was more excited to see this movie, me or my little cousin. PG is advised for parents that want to take their kids to see it, although there is nothing really to be worried about.

Truly, this movie lived up to every square inch of the hype. I totally recommend it and commend the director Jeff Fowler for doing an excellent job. The beautiful cinematography, the special effects, the plot, the storytelling, the backstories, and the character development of each introduction were all planned and executed to perfection.

It’s an 8.7/10 for me. Please don’t ask me how I did the calculation. Overall, this is a good watch, it’s a movie I have only good things to say about, and I recommend anyone who enjoys good movies to go see it.

(Blue Justice)

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