The first SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, had me do a spin-dash to the theatre to see it twice on the big screen before COVID shut everything down. Once part two hit the screen, I knew I would proclaim, “I gotta go fast” to see it. Yet, for everything this sequel does right, it sometimes falters with too much happening in the A, B, C, and even D plotline – did we really need the Hawaii location and dance-off scene?
The worst SONIC videogames were criticized for having gamers run as fast as they could from left to the right. In contrast, the best had them explore every nook and cranny of the stage before crossing the finish line. At times, SONIC 2 has too much caffeine from the “Mean Bean Machine” and blurs to the end of the stage… I mean scene. Like most action sequels, it focuses the attention on the bad guy. In this case, it’s Jim Carrey going full-on 90s mode playing Dr. Robotnik. There’s nothing wrong with this, but the film feels like it “runs” long at over two hours, and many of his repetitive bits could’ve been cut.
Even with those minor nits, the SONIC series has officially become the best video game series ever made. Yes, I said it. Blue Justice is worth your family’s time in the theatre. And for the video game fans, Easter’s arrived early thanks to a TON of “Easter eggs” hidden within the film.
Like the “dot, dot, dot” of an iMessage waiting to be sent, I’m eagerly waiting for the next film to cast a shadow over this good sequel.
It’s available in theatres.