Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Best: Jim Carrey as Dr. ‘Eggman’ Robotnik Makes a Fan-tash-tic Return
While Schwartz was a risky pick for Sonic, Jim Carrey was a living, talking cheat code for the first film’s success. So, it’s only logical that in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” the living cartoon and comic star reprises his role as the eponymous Dr. Robotnik, while still without his distinctive figure.
Worst: It’s Possible That This Is Jim Carrey’s Final Performance
Jim Carrey announced his retirement from the big screen after failing to bring down a fictitious fast-paced hedgehog following his mustache-twirling comeback as Dr. Robotnik in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”
There’s no denying that, aside from taking up a lot of real estate in Hollywood, it raises the question of what the ultra-fast franchise might look like without its main antagonist.
Best: as Sonic, Ben Schwartz Is Still in First Gear
Famous voices have brought great anthropomorphic heroes to life, but not all have succeeded in creating a bond with their characters. Even if taken prisoner, many of us couldn’t identify the singers behind Jonathan Liebesman’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” by Jonathan Liebesman.
Thankfully, Ben Schwartz did an excellent job bringing Sega’s mascot to life right away. He continues to dazzle in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.”
Worst Case Scenario: A Dance-off?
While Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has a lot of highs, it also has a lot of lows. Aside from a tedious and uninteresting time at a wedding (more on that later), “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” includes something that feels like a staple of family-friendly films featuring bizarre CGI characters. The only problem is that it feels like a staple is stuck under your fingernail and you’re trying to pry it out while House of Pain is blasting.
Best: Idris Elba Transforms into the Ideal Knuckles
Though Idris Elba’s vocal performance in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” is unlikely to cause confusion about a computer game character (we hope), that’s not to say that the final product doesn’t exceed expectations for the fist-throwing foe. Elba manages to slowly make this legendary bruiser his own in the first round, mainly by following in the footsteps of some beloved characters from another franchise, much like Schwartz and Carrey did with their respective characters.
Worst: Agent Stone Is a Waste of Time
Every bad guy needs some support, and Agent Stone (Lee Madjoub) isn’t up to the task this time. Sonic’s sworn enemy is too preoccupied with forming a shady alliance with Knuckles to notice his former partner-in-crime.
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As a result, Stone’s brief appearances become increasingly redundant.
Best: The Sonic Lore References Are on Point
One of the most vexing aspects of any adaptation is when the producers of the project don’t seem to be fans of the original material. Not seeing moments that seem more like diversions than anything else is sometimes preferable to going through a sentimental checklist.
Worst: Sitting Around at a Wedding Wasting Time
When the majority of a film’s cast isn’t present or physically present, there’s a risk of spending too much time with some living, breathing supporting characters who aren’t the film’s main selling point.
In the “Transformers” franchise, Sam Witwicky’s parents are one of the most memorable offenders, but in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” it’s a wedding we weren’t invited to that has the same unwelcome effect.
Best: Sonic Vs. Knuckle Is a Thrilling Battle
Heroes have been pitted against one other since Tony Stark asked Thor where his mother’s draperies were. Not that seeing a once-in-a-generation fight isn’t worth it. While it may not be as exciting as witnessing Marvel’s greatest face-off, seeing Sonic attempt to outwit his new nemesis just to have his rings knocked out of him is definitely amazing.
Worst: Inconsistent Cgi Poses Strange Challenges for Actors
While Sonic’s eyes are as big as a size-12 sneaker, there’s no denying that he looks like he’s running through a scene, wisecracking his way down the road, bright blue fur and all.
Every now and then, the light hits the hedgehog in such a way that you think a real ring portal just opened up in your backyard during a completely unnecessary wedding.
Best: The Post-credits Tease
The post-credits scene has become a required element for any entry in a massive media franchise, thanks to Marvel Studios. Thankfully, the teaser at the end of “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” is something that fans should be very excited about.
Worst: Doubtful One-liners
The ability to entertain both children and adults equally with well-written gags is a sign of a good family film. Of course, with Jim Carrey in the cast, the chances of disappointing both of these audiences are slim to none. Nonetheless, there are a few quips from that elastic-faced funny man that may catch you off guard among the barrage of gags. The worst offenders come across as out-of-date and even offensive.