Film review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is more than just a kids movie
The return of the Blue Blur.
A fluffy blue hedgehog fighting off a bald-headed maniac with an atrocious moustache to save civilization from Judgement Day. What’s there not to like, right?
As someone who has never played the games, nor is very interested in the world of Sonic, I wasn’t expecting much from Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Safe to say, I’m now a fan of the hedgehog after catching a preview of the movie on Mar 24.
Taking on a formulaic approach to the story of Sonic the Hedgehog, the sequel follows Sonic as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns what it means to be a real hero.
His test comes when antagonist Dr Robotnik (Eggman) makes an unexpected return from the mushroom planet, this time with a new partner-in-crime, Knuckles the Echidna. Together, they aim to get a hold of the Master Emerald, a mystical crystal that has the power to end the world.
To put a stop to this, Sonic joins forces with his new-found friend, Tails, to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.
Revolving greatly around heartwarming themes of heroism, friendship and family, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 packs more action and adventure, and more callbacks to the original storyline than its prequel (think video game Sonic the Hedgehog 3).
Since the release of the first film in 2020, many critics and fans have voiced concerns over the additional lore such as the storyline with Longclaw as it didn’t have any relevance to the games. The introduction of human characters such as Donut Lord or Tom (played by James Marsden) also sparked some debate among the fanbase as many felt like it took away from the original story.
However, I think that their presence serves as comedic relief to the otherwise serious plot. The well-written subplots involving Donut Lord, Pretzel Lady, and Rachel is what makes this movie hilarious from beginning to end. Sonic’s relationships with these characters also makes him more dimensional as a character and even more relatable.
The humorous exchanges between Dr. Robotnik and his loyal assistant Agent Stone are also what make the show a lot more entertaining.
And it goes without saying that Jim Carrey thoroughly embodies the role of Dr Robotnik yet again. His performance as the eccentric villain was nothing short of stellar, with his gripping charisma and witty insults.
That said, now that fan-beloved character Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba) has made his screen debut, Dr Robotnik no longer remains as the main villain of the film. The battle of strength between Sonic and Knuckles is one of the most anticipated aspects of the movie – and I dare say it is promising.
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the hedgehog or not, the movie is sure to tug at your heartstrings and leave you emotionally invested in the character development of not just Sonic, but all three fur friends.
Longtime fans of the games would also be delighted to know that Knuckles and Tails have not lost any character trait in this adaptation and, in fact, are more themselves than ever. Knuckles being socially inept and still not having enough brain muscles to comprehend simple jokes is a good case in point.
Loaded with savvy dialogue, I honestly think Sonic the Hedgehog 2 might just be more enjoyable for older viewers as opposed to its target audience. There were many moments when I found myself giggling at Dr. Robotnik’s corny puns and Sonic’s savage comebacks, most of which I doubt young children would catch on.
Overall, I wholeheartedly acknowledge that Sonic is one of the best productions in gaming cinema, one that really invites the audience to journey with the characters, just like in the games.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will be showing in cinemas from Mar 31. Those catching it may want to stick around for the post-credits to roll – you’ll be in for a surprise!