‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ speeds past original

Sequel starts slowly but proves more satisfying than the first film


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“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” picks up where the original film left off and proves to be a very satisfying sequel.

Aarna Prashanth, Staff Writer

Is “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” the best video game movie ever? While the original movie made waves in the film world, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” may prove to surpass its predecessor.

The first sonic movie, “Sonic the Hedgehog”, was released in 2020 and became the highest grossing video game movie in the United States. It was a huge success and many people enjoyed watching the movie. 

“Sonic the Hedgehog” revolves around the main character, Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz), who is a hedgehog with supersonic speed. Sonic enjoys his life on a distant planet, but because of his supersonic speed, a tribe of echidnas, a form of hedgehog, chases him for his power. Deciding Sonic is no longer safe, Sonic’s Guardian, Longclaw the Owl (voiced by Donna Jay Fulks) sends him to Earth to ensure his safety.

With a comfortable life on Earth, Sonic is happy, but wishes not to be so lonely. To avoid attracting power hungry villains, he keeps his power a secret. One night, however, Sonic accidentally triggers a power outage by running at high speeds while playing baseball with himself. 

One of Sonic’s feathers is found by Dr. Robotnik (played by Jim Carrey), who discovers it has great power. During the rest of the movie, Dr. Robotnik attempts to capture Sonic but is eventually defeated. The movie ends with Dr. Robotnik vowing to avenge his defeat by Sonic. 

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2”, which was released April 8, opens with Sonic learning that Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba) are back with their pursuit of the green emerald, which is a stone with the power to erase entire civilizations. Sonic and his new friend, Tails (voiced by Colleen O’Shaughnessey) decide to work together to stop them. 

I was worried I would be disappointed with the second movie because sequels have the stereotype of being inferior to the original. I haven’t played the video game and was not interested in Sonic before watching the movie. 

The first half of the movie moves a little slowly. There was no reason for it to be two hours. Producers could have easily cut out some of the scenes or shortened some of them. It looked like the directors extended some scenes on purpose.

There were some pointless additions in the movie, such as the human actors. They weren’t memorable and didn’t really add anything to the film. I couldn’t care less about what they said and did. The movie would have been better without them. 

Carrey’s acting as Dr.Robotnik, however, was notable. I think he might be one of my favorite villains in film. He delivered the role very well and brought a lot of depth to the video game character. His interactions with Sonic and Knuckles were very natural, and I personally empathized with his character. 

Most of the comedy in the movie was funny but some of the dialogue seemed a little forced and unnecessary. Some of the jokes were also very obviously steered toward younger kids.

One of the great aspects about this movie was the amazing CGI. Sonic’s character design was definitely an improvement compared to the first movie.  The digital effects when Sonic turned into his SuperSonic form were amazing. All the fight and action scenes were really entertaining, which is a major plus because I generally hate watching fight scenes.

I appreciated the character development in this movie. Sonic and Tails’ friendship developed really well and it can teach younger kids and maybe even older kids valuable lessons. The idea of family and friendship was very dominant in this movie so it really helps you understand the bonds between all the characters. 

Overall, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” was a good movie. Fans who liked the first movie, would definitely like this one as well since this one is superior to the first one. Fans should also be sure to watch the mid-credits scene. It does not disappoint.