Movie review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Movie review: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Sonic 2 movie poster


Ok, let's get this out of the way, there WILL be spoilers in this post!  If you haven't had a chance to see it yet (and if you live in the USA and it is before April 8th, chances are VERY high you haven't seen it yet!), DO NOT CONTINUE PAST THIS POINT!


Movie length: 2 hours, 2 minutes

Now that we've got that out of the way, time to begin.

Sonic 2's storyline begins pretty much immediately following the events of the first movie. Robotnik is still trapped on the Mushroom Planet (played flawlessly by Jim Carrey once again), having kept his intelligence, but lost a decent chunk of his sanity.  Salvaging parts from his ship that crash landed through the ring portal at the end of the first movie, he utilises the power of one of Sonic's quills that he still had, to send out a distress signal and see who comes knocking - sure enough something does come knocking - something big, red and spiky. (Very likely no need to tell you who THIS is.)  Idris Elba does a very good job of portraying Sonic's short-tempered rival, by the way.

Sonic has adjusted (somewhat) to life on earth and is trying (and somewhat failing) to become a hero in his own right, but his first attempt at stopping a hijacking goes... less than stellar.  Donut Lord... erm I mean Tom tries to give Sonic useful advice as he grows into his powers and naturally the responsibilities that come with them.  The next newcomer to make an appearance is the fan favourite, Tails (voiced by Colleen O'Shaughnessey), a little lacking in the courage department, but certainly has the intellect to make up for this, completing the classic trio of Speed, Might and Intellect.

It's not all smooth sailing though - like in the classic games, Knuckles is duped by Robotnik into thinking that Sonic is a threat and assists him in his attempts to find the Master Emerald, a source of ultimate power, that can make ones thoughts into reality.  There's a number of nods to Sonic games and levels through the movie, such as a cafe called the Mean Bean, a snowboarding sequence that is a clear nod back to the days of the Sega Genesis/Megadrive and ultimately, the Chaos Emeralds, which have been a staple of the Sonic series since the very start.

Some scenes, especially the ones that don't have the CGI trio in them can certainly seem to drag on and detract from the story - early in the movie, Sonic's adopted 'parents' are off to Hawaii to attend the wedding of a friend - each time that the scene switches to them, it can be a bit jarring, especially when in the middle of an action scene, only to have everything come screeching to a halt (Though they DO lampshade this later in the movie to amusing result) When all three are together, working off each other, it is nothing short of a delight.  Jim Carrey fits into the role of Robotnik like a glove - he goes all out in his performance this time around, coming off wacky in one scene and suitably menacing the next moment, especially in the third act of the movie.

My thoughts

Sonic 2 definitely has improved on the first movie, especially with the introduction of Tails and Knuckles, Jim Carrey as Robotnik is a delight to watch, while Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are enjoyably fun to watch interacting.  As mentioned in the review, scenes that do not feature any of the trio slow the pacing of the movie down to a crawl, but thankfully these scenes are relatively short and the pacing resumes. If you are a fan of the Sonic games and enjoyed the first movie, you should quite easily find the second one as enjoyable.

Oh and there is a mid-credit scene halfway through the credits.  No post-credit scene though.