Sonic the Hedgehog 2

★★★ ½

Video game icon Sonic is back in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 with the same director (Jeff Fowler) and writers (Pat Casey and Josh Miller), with the addition of John Whittington (The LEGO Batman Movie) to the script team. This time, the acting is solid, the script is cohesive, and the fun is led to extremes in console play.

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) desperately wants to fulfill the role of hero as he knows he was born to be, but he does not yet have the maturity or discipline it requires. Advised by his mentor, Tom Wachowski (James Marsden), to let that fate come to him instead of seeking it, Sonic tries to behave. Unfortunately, Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey) attracted an ally to the mushroom planet of the Knuckles (Idris Elba), who helps him escape and return to Earth. The common goal of the two villains is to seek the ultimate power – one for revenge and the other to fulfill his vision of destiny. Only Sonic and his newfound friend Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) can prevent Robotnik from the complete slavery of their adopted planet.

Unlike the previous film, the story of Sonic 2 is engaging, interesting, and entertaining. With the addition of Whittington and his experience of long-term work, the writers found reason for the two-hour playing time. The humor is better, just like the fairy tale. There are a few moments where the story goes a little slower, but these are rare. Fowler’s direction is tighter, as if there is a greater understanding of these characters than before. This understanding leads to several invitations to the games that enthusiasts will appreciate. This understanding also flows into Carrey, whose original performance was two-dimensional at best. This time, he takes the character to exceptional levels without exaggerating. Instead of playing the character, he becomes it, and the result is wonderful.

The visual effects are amazing, especially in the scenes that combine live-action characters with animated ones. As a result, the film exemplifies how seamlessly integration of the two has become. Even during the lively matches, the audience does not get lost or lose track of what is happening. Many of these moments are enhanced by excellent musical choices.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is fun, entertaining for all ages and a far better movie than the original. It has a clear video game feel in the action scenes. At the same time, the lesson of growing into oneself rings high throughout history.

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