Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Released: 8th April, 2022
Director: Jeff Fowler
One of the most refreshing movies of the year and it’s really not surprising considering how delightful its predecessor was.
I’ve decided to take less of a critical view on SEGA’s flagship hero’s second outing on the big screen because I saw it with my 8-year-old nephew last week. Normally I would blast certain areas of a movie but in all honesty my nephew took so much amusement from it which made me love every minute of it too. Sometimes I think critics can be way too harsh on a film when it’s clear that they are made for younger audiences to enjoy.
Moving from the console world into the cinematic world is generally a struggle for a lot of major gaming franchises but for Sonic he’s traded golden rings for box office earnings and managed to produce two satisfying movies so far.
I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining the first one was and I was thrilled to see them expanding by bringing Tails and Knuckles into the sequel to make up the rest of the gang. Their portrayals in this are spot on with Knuckles on one hand being so intimidating as he goes toe to toe with Sonic. Tails on the other hand is the perfect companion to our hero, he is quick and resourceful taking the little brother approach to a larger than life journey.
The plot of the movie is simple – Sonic is once again trying to defeat the evil Dr Robotnik played by the immensely talented Jim Carrey. A lot of the movies praise centres around the performance of Carrey, he has mastered the perfect combination of humorous and wickedness that makes him such a joy to watch whenever he’s on screen. He’s such a pantomime villain which is exactly what this movie thrives on – kids hate him but the adults find him so entertaining.
As ever James Marsden and the rest of the support cast do a stellar job, although his time is limited there’s still some heartfelt scenes particularly as the movie mainly centres around Sonic trying to find a sense of unity with his new family in Green Hills.
Not only does Sonic 2 excel with its cast but the action sequences are so absorbing it’s like going through level after level of an old Sonic console game. There’s plenty of fast paced brawls that keep you on the edge of your seat for the entirety.
Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 sustains the momentum of the first film and gives us an electrifying story that all ages can enjoy. It advances us to the next level of the hedgehog’s adventure with more humour, higher action and all round light heartedness. You didn’t have to have played a Sonic game on a console to enjoy it either and I’m delighted that the foundations have been laid for many more movies to come.