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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)




James Marsden

Ben Schwartz (voice)

Tika Sumpter

Colleen O'Shaughnessey (voice)

Idris Elba (voice)

Jim Carrey



Directed by Jeff Fowler


For someone like me born in the 80s and going through the SEGA Sonic games the joy in finally seeing some aspect of the games and character depiction from the old animations shown in this film was beautiful. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has the same magic as the first Sonic the Hedgehog (2020). The animation of the characters is wonderful with the three (Sonic, Tales, and Knuckles) looking like they do in the game.

The addition of Knuckles added another comedic feel which you will not attribute to the character Knuckles as he was charactered to be the dumb muscle of the group. The movie pulls off some fine gameplay shots, we have Tail’s red plane with Sonic on it, Sonic snowboarding, Dr Robotnik looking more like Robotnik from the game dawning his red lab coat and accurate moustache look.

The Knuckles character lacked understanding of culture and was all macho talk, which was just fun. Jim Carrey as expected out did himself in his portrayal of Dr Robotnik and all the supporting cast in the movie did a fun job of just getting out of the way of the main event.

This is the second live-action adaptation of the beloved Sega game of the 90s. As the first one was a huge success there was no reason for there not to be a second.

Miles Tails Power addition to the movie an almost similar back story to that of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 game. With Tails admiring Sonic and coming to find him, and Sonic adopting him as his sidekick. The movie starts with Knuckles and Robotnik teaming up to get Sonic and find the Master Emerald. Sonic and Tales must stop these two from finding the Master Emerald as Robotnik has plans to use the Emerald to wrap the world as he pleases.

As you would expect like in the game story Knuckles switched sides and worked with the duo to stop Robotnik.

In the end even though I liked the movie, I feel there was too much mushy stuff going on. It was like the movie had too much runtime and just wanted to fill it with something.

If you enjoyed the first movie you will have many more reasons to enjoy this one also, after you have dealt with what seemed like a quarter of the movie wasted setting up the four main characters to meet. Sonic’s lack of maturity at times were annoying, but you can say that was part of the reason it was put in the movie the first place.


Spoiler alert

The movie’s post credit scene shows us the plans for a third Sonic with the introduction of another of the characters from the game Shadow the Hedgehog.


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