When the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way.
Sonic The Hedgehog at it’s core is pure nostalgia fuel. I remember playing Sonic as a kid and seeing the animated show on Saturday mornings ( R.I.P Saturday Morning Cartoons). Sonic is a beloved character to many people who are at the age of likely having kids now so going to the theater to see a Sonic movie is a popular idea.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is an impressive feat for two reasons. One is it’s a sequel that stuck to the narrative of the original and 2 it’s one of the better video game related movies. And those are becoming a lot more common these days.
Mortal Kombat started the trend of the video game movie being actually good. The bloody martial arts franchise broke barriers and caused protests when it came out and the movie was really fun to watch.
Sonic 2 brings the other two popular game characters; Tails and Knuckles to the big screen as they find out Dr. Robotnik is back. The trio go on a quest to stop Robotnik from getting the chaos emerald. Jim Carrey returns as the devious bad guy with a techie mastery and a new friend in Knuckles. The film as a whole is a predictable kids film. Knuckes turns on Robotnik in the end the human characters play a role in advancing the story but the love story b story sits this installment out. Instead there is a wacky sub plot in the middle of this movie that plays like a soap opera –
It’s starts with a wedding that goes wrong – Randall the groom and his wife are getting married and Sonic calls up James Played by () hoping to get rescued from an avalanche he’s running from across the globe. Plot holes aside the super fast hedgehog cannot outrun an avalanche. The wedding is inevitably ruined but that’s not the wild part The whole scene takes a dramatic tone shift as Randall reveals himself to have faked the whole wedding in order to get close to Sonic. Randall flashes his badge and all the wedding guests get up and pull out guns and entrap Sonic and Tails in cages. This was the wildest scene I’ve ever seen in a kids move. Also the actors Shemar Moore and Natasha Rothwell who played Randall and the other two were way too good they put in a maximum amount of effort into their performances even though it was a side story in a kids movie.
Overall this story sticks to a distinct studio formula however the fresh source of nostalgia from the Sonic franchise and the life saving change in the design of Sonic in the months leading up to the first one has made this series a surprise hit and fun for everybody.
Great family film | Interesting Drastic tone shift in the middle | Nostalgia fuel 7/10