Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Paramount+, a Splashier, Noisier sequel, which has more IP and less laughs

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Paramount+, a Splashier, Noisier sequel, which has more IP and less laughs ...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is now reuniting pretty much the same creative team from the hit first movie. You may ask, and yes, theres more, because the general notion of quantity reduction isn''t something most movie sequels do. So weve got 23 extra minutes of film and a few more characters added to the pile, none more notable than Knuckles the Echidna, voiced by Idris Elba. Will the man who played Stringer Bell and Nelson Mandela, and


The Gist: THE MUSHROOM PLANET, 243 DAYS SINCE THE EVENTS OF THE PREVIOUS MOVIE: A evil son of a frog Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) is stuck in a portabello purgatory on this godforsaken orb, making Cast Away references, and then he says Klaatu barada nikto, which is a reference to Star Wars referencing The Day the Earth Stood Still

Sonic (voice of Ben Schwartz) Spider-mans around the city, throwing out threats, causing havoc and putting borderline-naughty things on the soundtrack. As Run DMCs Its Tricky builds, youll have pretty much forgotten this scene by the end of the movie, since by the end of the movie, youll have quite forgotten it exists. Sonic and his parents, Tom Wachowski, and his wife Maddie, have to go to Hawaii for her sisters'' wedding, and Sonic will eventually leave them without

Sonics gotta stop em, and Sonic makes a Magic Mike reference. They end up in Hawaii, where there''s a lot of character to be honked off by strange CGI alien critters. There''s a lot of mystery about Maddies'' wedding, but there''s nothing wrong with it. If youre older than 12 years old, this is your chance.

Which Movies Will It Remind You Of? If you really stretch it, the screenplay also makes a reference to The Straight Story. Otherwise, Sonic : Hitman :: Sonic 2: Agent 47. Which is to say, the sequel aints as good as the first.

Carreys Robotnik shtick is still admirably unhinged (as unhinged as it may be in a kid film, anyway) but after the first film, she is still exceedinging expectations. So here is Natasha Rothwell, who dredges up the best laughs in scenes that not only could have been discovered, but probably didn''t need to be written in the first place. Savor that luscious ironic flaw!

Robotnik gets meta-political: On both sides, people were friendly.

Sonic states, "Im the Groin," but it''s only in reference to one groin being kicked, punched, or otherwise substantial injury.

Our Take: The first Sonic was about a lot of the usual things, including forming a makeshift family, etc. but at least it was about something substantial. This sequel is simply mayhem slathered atop deeper intellectual property with the occasional evident center-frame focus on a logo for a prominent sandwich cookie. Fortunately, the Angry Bride gets her side quest anywhere in the Sonic canon.

I cant say Sonic 2 is quite good, but you have to appreciate its effort and energy, but it still moves at a decent clip, and is packed with jokes. Not all of them hit, and they range from pop-cultural elbow-nudgers to on-the-cusp-of-PG-13 fodder, to outright random-ass jabberwockical nonsense. This is how corporate product manufacturers design content for, as they say, CHILDREN OF ALL AGES E

Carrey''s VIP in Sonic 1 and the most notable reason it teetered the Tomatometer to the fresh end of the critical spectrum who continues to be exceptionally distinctive in these movies. Notably, Robotnik now boasts a freshly out-of-control mustache, which is like Kenneth Branaghs Hercule Poirot''s (which enjoyed one hell of an origin story in Death on the Nile) if it gets thrust in a light socket. It''s likely to be the crossover

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 isn''t dreary. It''s kind of fun, but plasticky and empty, and not as good as the first, which barely received a pass from me. SKIP IT unless you feel a strong compulsion to fire this thing up for whatever reason, I dont care, I have already put more thought into it than it deserves.

John Serba is a Michigan freelance writer and filmmaker. He works on

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