Critic’s Rating : / 5
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Movie Review : A longer, stronger and more action-packed sequel
Review: Foster parents, an adorable dog for company and a friendly neighbourhood – Sonic’s life on Earth couldn’t have been more peaceful. But as we all know, the little blue brat gets bored quickly and now he wants to be a hero by saving the world from crooks. His novice attempt at vigilante justice fails and he takes his father Tom’s (James Marsden) advice to wait for his moment of truth seriously. However, trouble has a way of finding Sonic, as his old nemesis Dr. Robotnik returns to conquer the world and destroy Sonic, who in his opinion is a “wretched blue rodent”.
Director Jeff Fowler and his writers get straight to the point this time, without wasting much time on recapping the events of the first part. They hit the ground running with action and adventure right from the start, when Sonic tries to prevent a break-in, but instead causes more chaos in the city. It’s a thrilling scene and sets the stage for what we can expect in this longer and more power-packed instalment. It brings back everything that worked in the original and spikes it with more characters, slick visual effects and more action.
Sonic (Ben Schwartz) continues to be in his usual top form and sounds just right for whatever age you perceive his character to be. Somehow we found Jim Carrey’s Robotnik act more evil and less funny this time around. There was so much more room to get more comedy out of this actor, but his character remains painfully adamant on being just the bad guy. Idris Elba is a revelation as Knuckles – the red anthropomorphic, who has his heart in the right place but ends up in the wrong company. Colleen O’Shaughnessey dutifully fills the void as Sonic’s cute fan girl Tails, who will do anything to help her hero. The chemistry between the two is top-notch and fun to watch. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter are satisfying as the wise couple Tom and Maddie, respectively. Maddie and her sister Rachel (played by Natasha Rothwell) give their all and provide laugh-out-loud moments, however slapstick and juvenile.
Overall, this sequel totally justifies itself. It’s a fully-loaded entertainment package with an elaborate adventure. However, it does feel a bit overlong towards the end, which means it could do with a little bit of trimming. But nonetheless, this franchise stays true to its origins and delivers what it promises, both for the fans of the game and non-fans.