Director: Jeff Fowler
Writers: Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba, and Jim Carrey
No one expected the first Sonic the Hedgehog film to be any good, and yet somehow, it’s one of the best video game adaptations ever made. It’s very funny, charming and a really fun time. The mid-credits scene hinted at a sequel, and a little over two years later it’s here and somehow lighting has struck twice.
After being banished to another world, Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) finds a way back to Earth with the help of Knuckles (Idris Elba). Together they set forth to find the Master Emerald, which offers unlimited power to whoever possesses it. Meanwhile Sonic (Ben Schwartz) is growing up, while trying to find a use for his powers. Knuckles and Dr. Robotnik attack Sonic, who is saved by Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), and the two teams race to find the Emerald first.
Sonic 2 is pretty much more of the first one. It’s an all-round fun and entertaining family film that works for people of all ages. The stakes are raised higher, with the Emeralds finally making an appearance. There are more characters from the games, with even a nice surprise in the mid-credits scene that’s worth staying for.
The animation is brilliant, with the Sonic characters mixing nicely with the live-action world. Knuckles in particular looks great. All the voice actors are amazing. Ben Schwartz is the perfect Sonic, capturing a mix of childishness naivety and snarky comments. Idris Elba sounds great as Knuckles and constantly gets big laughs. The start of the show is Jim Carrey, who is on top form. He’s hilarious every time he’s on screen. If he does go through with retiring, and this turns out to be his final film, then he’s going out on a high.
Whether you’re a fan of Sonic or being dragged to go by children, then Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a fun time. Hopefully the streak will continue with the third film and Knuckles TV show.
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