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Film Review: ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ is Yet Another Middle-of-the-Road Video Game Movie

Paramount

Back in 2019, when the first trailer dropped for the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie, many people went into it with many low expectations. Some were surprised that it wasn’t half bad, but some also thought it fell into a similar category to that of Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, where charm and humor didn’t necessarily make up for the lack of a strong story.

Going into Sonic the Hedgehog 2, similar expectations were had, and similar results were received. It isn’t that it’s a bad movie, or that there aren’t decent takeaways, but rather it sticks with the current trend of video game movies proving to be lackluster in plot–albeit with some fair action.

This movie follows Sonic the Hedgehog as he teams up with his human pals from the first film and new friend Tails as they attempt to take down Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles the Echidna, who seek to find the Master Emerald. The emerald, which can turn thoughts into reality, could spell the end for many if used in the wrong hands.

There are a number of things that work for this movie. For one, the performances were pretty on par. Ben Schwartz gives a lot of charisma and enthusiasm to the voice of Sonic which really helps support the tone. Jim Carrey seems to relish playing Dr. Robotnik, giving the current generation of younger audiences new goofy material to have fun watching. Idris Elba and Colleen O’Shaughnessey also do very well as Knuckles and Tails, respectively. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter do a fair job too as Sonic’s human counterparts. The story, while goofy and a little hollow, still seemed to do well at keeping the audience (mostly) entertained, though more on the fault of the story later.

There are a couple elements that falter the movie a bit, though. A common defect in recent video game films is that there is more of a concentration on action rather than a strong core story. Movies like Uncharted and Mortal Kombat fall into this pit. Now, Sonic is a movie made for children and families, but the story could still prove to be executed in a stronger way, or at least more cohesive, as the movies just over two hour runtime proved to drag out the events. Were the movie 20 or more minutes shorter, with some fat trimmed and things pieced together closer, the film could have packed more of a punch.

All in all, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was an enjoyable movie for what it was, but still there could have been more to like. However, if you are a huge fan of the games, or a huge fan of Jim Carrey, or if you have children, or if you are a child yourself, there’s certainly something in this movie for you to enjoy.

SCORE: ★★1/2

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