Sonic the Hedgehog 2: funny, familial and fantastic ★★★★★

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Full of jokes, Easter eggs and references, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 does not disappoint in the comedy department while maintaining the mood of a sweet and emotional family movie.

In the sequel to Jeff Fowler’s Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), the titular blue alien (voiced by Ben Schwartz) once again faces Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) who, this time around, finds an ally with power similar to his own – Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba). With the help of his own ally, Tails (voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey), Sonic must once again defeat Robotnik to save the world.

The film includes scenes that do not belong in live-action, yet showing them as a parody somehow makes them fit in marvellously, reminding the viewer it is all about being fun. Moreover, Fowler knows exactly when the time for comedy is over, making Sonic 2 emotional and sentimental when it needs to be. The picture is incredibly self-aware without breaking the fourth wall – a rarity to be cherished for sure.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022) poster.
Credit: Paramount Pictures

While the first instalment was more of an adventure and science fiction film, the sequel focuses on exploring the values of family and friendship, yet still manages to keep the qualities of the original.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 truly succeeds to capture the concept of a video game movie, paying tribute to its source material by delivering scenes that seem taken straight out of your Sega console. It really provides you with the experience of playing an actual Sonic video game right there in the theatre.

Most importantly, Sonic‘s main character is amazingly well-written. The first film explores Sonic’s loneliness and the concept of finding his first-ever friend, but the second one digs deeper into his relationships and reevaluates them, all while establishing Sonic’s own place in the world.

A great thing about Sonic 2 is that this film is for all to enjoy. Children, as well as teenagers and adults, can watch this picture as it is not directed specifically at any age group. It manages to perfectly mix up its target audience by delivering jokes all can find hilarious.

Personally, I had to keep my mask on at all times, so people wouldn’t think I was crazier than Robotnik. I could not stop smiling throughout the entire film. I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun in the cinema.

In case you were wondering, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 does indeed have a post-credits scene (or, rather, one mid-credits scene). It is certainly worth waiting for as it sets up part three and is just incredibly epic, particularly for video game fans. Besides, the credits themselves are quite entertaining to watch.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now playing in theatres in the UK.

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

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