SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba and Jim Carrey
Director: Jeff Fowler
Like the first one, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 delivers something that movie-going parents have always wanted: a light, brightly colored popcorn movie for the kids that won’t make Mom & Dad want to kill themselves. Equal parts silly and charming, each and every performer is committed to the good times, especially Natasha Rothwell and Idris Elba (voice of fan-favorite Knuckles). There are some plot lines that are overdrawn, but adult viewers will feel 10 years old again while watching this film. If you can, try to catch it in a child-filled theater because the cheers will have you thinking you’re watching Avengers: Endgame.
If you liked the first one, you’ll like Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It has a lot of the same charm and fun times that the franchise starter had, yet takes them up a notch. Jim Carrey is, once again, a delight, although he does sometimes go into “How do you do, fellow kids?” territory. Ben Schwartz is still a great voice for Sonic too, but Idris Elba is flat-out hysterical as Knuckles. Some of the human elements are pretty laughable (there’s a plot twist in the movie that’s actually atrocious) and it shouldn’t have been this long, but overall, it’s pure dumb fun.
While I’m still unsure whether I would call it a “good” movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is better than the grossly overrated mess that preceded it. The action is more coherent, the last 20 minutes work pretty well for fans, and it’s visually far more interesting. Unfortunately, it’s still plagued by the things that didn’t work last time, and they work even less here. No human characters actually do anything interesting, but the movie insists on spending way too much time on their terrible subplot. And none of the jokes land either. It’s definitely an improvement, but it’s marginal at best.