Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Review
Hey there everybody. I know it's been a while since I did a new review. My monsterverse review series has been on hold for a while, but hopefully I'll get back to that soon. For now, I want to review a very special movie to me that came out in theaters not too long ago, and will soon be on Paramount Plus as I am making this video. So as you all might know, I am a big fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. My first video game as a little boy was the original Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega Genesis, and I was hooked on the franchise ever since. In the middle of 2019, trailers came out for a Sonic movie, which got backlash because of the original design for Sonic. In the end though, after fan outcry, the studio decided to redesign the character to make him look like the Sonic we know and love, and when the film came out, it was a success with Sonic fans and casual viewers alike. What I am reviewing today is the sequel to that film. The movie I am reviewing today is Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
First, the plot of the movie. The plot is that Dr. Robotnik has found a way back to earth from Mushroom Planet and has gotten a red echidna named Knuckles to help him find the master emerald, the source of ultimate power. Meanwhile, the main human characters from the first movie, Tom and Maddie, go on vacation to Hawaii for Maddie's sister's wedding, leaving Sonic in charge of the house. Knuckles and Eggman attack Sonic at his house but then Tails comes to the rescue, and now it's up to Sonic and Tails to find the Master Emerald before Eggman uses it to take over the world. That's the basic plot of the movie.
Now this was a very interesting film to review, as I have my praises as well as criticisms. Before I go any further, since this film has been out for a while, there will be some spoilers. For one thing, I think that the Sonic stuff was way better in this film than the previous film. It was a real treat to see Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles all on the big screen together. It was also great to see Jim Carrey return as Dr. Robotnik, especially one that looks just the Robotnik from the video games. There were also some other cool easter eggs for the big Sonic fans like myself. They even got Colleen O'Shaughnessey, the voice actor for Tails from the video games, to voice tails in this movie. It was everything a Sonic fan could ask for in a Sonic movie and it was an anthem to the Sonic franchise.
Now as for the subplot with the human characters on the other hand, that's where it goes downhill. I didn't really care for any of the human scenes in this film. The whole wedding subplot and revenge of the bridge subplots just felt like bad filler and they dragged the film on way too long. I just wanted to get back to Sonic and his friends instead of enjoying any of the human stuff. I also wasn't very impressed with the siberian dance off scene. I mean, I suppose it was a good and funny scene to make the kids laugh, and it did provide some more heartwarming bonding moments between Sonic and Tails, but the execution was just...okay. The whole dance off started because of tails' translator gizmo going wrong when trying to order food. You would think the brilliant Tails would have worked out all the bugs by now, but I suppose he was in a rush to warn Sonic about Knuckles. I don't know. Either way, it wasn't a great scene.
There are however some good messages in this movie to be had, such as be careful who to trust and how when you grow up you must learn to take responsibility for your actions.
At the end of the day, I think it depends on what you are looking for in a Sonic movie. If you are a big Sonic fan like myself that's looking for some great Sonic fanservice on top of a good story with some good morals, you will really enjoy this movie. If however you are a more casual watcher that is looking for something just like the first movie, you might be disappointed. At the end of the day, both films have their strengths and weaknesses. The first movie had okay Sonic stuff but very good human stuff and the second movie had very good Sonic stuff with the human stuff leaving a lot to be desired. I would give this film a B+. If you like the first movie, you will probably enjoy this one too. Give it a watch and see what you think. God bless.