When director Jeff Fowler revealed the first look of Sonic in 2019, fans weren’t happy with the appearance of their favourite blue hedgehog. However, many reworks and a few months later, “Sonic the Hedgehog” hit the big screen. Surprisingly, it took home $320million worldwide (which was impressive, knowing that some parts of the world already had to deal with the pandemic).
The movie turned out to be a highly entertaining and well-designed hit, and both fans and critics adored it. So much so that we now got a sequel, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”. Many crew and cast members returned, and some joined the Sonic family. So did Fowler and his team do it again and prove that their Sonic vision works or not? There might be some tiny spoilers ahead for those of you who haven’t seen the first movie.
After being defeated by Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), Dr Robotnik (Jim Carrey) is out for revenge! Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the power to take on Sonic. That is until Knuckles (Idris Elba). They soon realize that they share a common goal: Taking Sonic down and trying to gain ultimate power!
What’s that saying again, the enemy of my enemy is my friend? While they’re teaming up, Sonic is his usual self. Rescuing the people of Green Hills while making a mess and getting on Tom (James Marsden) his nerves. When Tom and Maddie (Tika Sumpter) are going on holiday to attend the their friend Rachel (Natasha Rothwell) her wedding, Sonic has the house for himself. However, he can’t enjoy that ‘being free’ feeling for long, as the evil duo Robotnik-Knuckles kicks down his door soon after Tom and Maddie left.
Two against one isn’t a fair fight, especially when Knuckles has the upper hand on Sonic. Luckily for him, help is falling from the sky, and this is in the form of Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey). From then on, it becomes a thrilling battle of good versus bad. Who will win, and most importantly, at what cost? Cause last time Sonic and Robotnik went head-to-head, it impacted Sonic’s human family in more ways than one.
When creating an animation movie about a successful game, the film must appeal to adults and children. The fast-speed animations and the lively colours of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” will almost automatically be liked by kids. However, appealing to adults is different, especially because many adults grew up playing the Sonic game.
Therefore, the movie can’t be too childish; it has to have a lot of humour and action to keep it entertaining enough, and some references that only adults get need to be included. All this while not becoming too serious cause otherwise, the kids might not like it. Well, Fowler was able to pull this off and here’s how!
We want to congratulate the art department and the visual effect teams behind this movie. The vivid colours, the uplifting scenes and the fast-paced action they create in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” are just stunningly done. The eye-catching blue, the fiery red, and the delightful yellow make sure that each character’s unique personality shines through beautifully.
This movie is even better than the first one because of the fantastic writing style. Whether it’s the storyline or the many clever dialogues, the film is spectacularly written. The storyline loses quality towards the end, but the dialogue is always on point. Whether it’s one of the references to other movies, the interaction between the different characters or Sonic having a conversation with himself, the writing from Pat Casey (“Sledgehammers at Dawn”), Josh Miller (“Sledgehammers at Dawn”) and John Whittington (“The Lego Batman Movie”) will definitely makes you smile.
Of course, if the lines aren’t delivered perfectly, it doesn’t matter how great the writing style; the dialogue will never reach its full potential. But fear not, in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, every cast member knows how to bring their character perfectly to life. Schwartz (“An Actor Prepares”) is funny and witty and can deliver a fast-paced dialogue like no one else.
In this movie, we welcome Elba to the Sonic world as he voices the bad-ass fiery red Knuckles, and he does it stunningly. Thanks to Elba (“The Suicide Squad”) his deep and powerful voice, Knuckles oozes strongness and fierceness. While we feel that Tails could have benefitted from more screen-time, O’Shaughnessey (“Danny Phantom”) delivers a lovely and dreamy performance.
Marsden’s (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and Sumpter’s (“The Old Man & The Gun”) acting might not be big or bold, but that’s why their performances fit the storyline perfectly. They add human emotions and heart-warming moments to this film and heighten the strong relationship between Tom, Rachel and Sonic.
Carrey (“The Mask”) again proves that he knows how to bring the necessary evil and danger but also funniness and laughter as Robotnik. We also want to give Rothwell a well-deserved shout-out (“Like a Boss”), who reprises her role as Rachel. Her performance is hilarious, bad-ass and strong, and she certainly keeps that last part of the movie alive.
Looking back at the controversy regarding the first Sonic movie, it became clear that fans certainly have an idea about how the characters should look like, what the storyline needs to be, which characters need to be included (and which actors need to voice them), etc. So making this sequel must have been an even more challenging task. However, Fowler kept his cool, and with a stunning cast, he created an uplifting and highly vibrant movie that has the speed of a lightning bold and very intriguing mid-credit scores.
1st April 2022
THE QUICK SELL
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.