Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Review
Chaos is Power. 3 / 5
Directed by Jeff Fowler.
After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations.
I am more shocked than anyone at the success of the Sonic films.
There's something so absorbing about its relentless energy fuelled by Ben Schwartz's voice performance and Jim Carrey's signature elastic physical prowess.
Though there are some fun moments throughout, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 suffers from an overlong runtime and leans its humour more on the juvenile and cringeworthy including a painfully extended dance number. But it is a film where its lead is a blue hedgehog and makes a killer Parks and Recreation reference so I'll let it slide.
Idris Elba was the unexpected surprise of the film - his stern performance worked great against the film's colourful energy so it's no wonder that a Knuckles spin-off is in the works.
I rarely played Sonic when I was a kid besides the original and Sonic Heroes so the finale of this film unlocked nostalgia I didn't know I was holding onto. And that is what this film balances so well - enough topical references for the young audience and nostalgic references for the older players of the game.
Nothing proves that more than the kids in my screening laughing their heads off at Sonic flossing and the grown man losing his mind at the mid-credits scene.