Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Last week’s #1 movie in the US did not fit into my schedule, but with spring break starting today, I was able to get caught up with Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I found myself surprisingly enjoying the first film which came out just prior to most theaters closing down because of the pandemic. Would the sequel match up to the original?

That answer is no.

There were parts of the new film that were interesting. I loved Idris Elba as Knuckles and Jim Carrey continues to be a standout as the villainous Dr. Robotnik.

The weakest part of the film is the middle bit that I found boring, the entire wedding storyline that I found stupid, and the human cast (outside of Jim Carrey) who felt shoved in to the narrative for no real purpose.

However, I did enjoy the conclusion of the film, with the big battle between Sonic and his friends vs. Robotnik. Is it predictable? Yep. Still, I think there are parts here that are decent enough. It should be a very effective film for the younger viewers too.

Sonic looks great, as does any of the other animated/CGI characters involved in the story.

I do not think that I am going to really remember this movie later in the year, outside of the great Jim Carrey, who has been talking about retiring from acting. Carrey looks like he is having a blast out there and makes a wonderful antagonist for Sonic.

It’s ok. It is definitely watchable, but I do not consider it the same level as the first one.

3 stars

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