‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Doesn’t Live Up to Jim Carrey’s Manic Performance
Given its squeaky fieriness, sonic the hedgehog status as the highest-grossing video game-based film of all time in America is a depressing indictment of the genre, whose reputation will not be improved by the sequel to this blockbuster, sonic the hedgehog 2. A comparable follow-up that features action, sarcasm, pop culture allusions, and more than a few whine-worthy statements about the importance of family and the nature of heroism, it’s sure to charm teenage fans of the first. film. Anyone over the age of twelve, however, had better beware.
Director Jeff Fowler’s sequel (in theaters April 8) is certainly working hard to please Gen-Xers who grew up cruising the bright blue speedster through checkerboard lands marked by bouncy springs and 360-degree loops. . An instruction manual designed to resemble those supplied with Sega Genesis games is the most obvious of these nods, though references to ghost hunters, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Fast and Furious and other familiar touchstones are also sprinkled throughout this fast-paced tale. Sadly, the majority of these quotes will go over the heads of the film’s target audience, as well as duds with their adult companions, given that this saga is a largely juvenile affair that cares more about the CGI slam-bang spectacle. and corny drama than saying something interesting or affecting to adult viewers.
sonic the hedgehog 2 is primarily concerned with expanding the franchise, and to achieve this it introduces two new characters familiar to gamers: Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), a fox sidekick with a two-toothed appendage that allows him to fly like a helicopter, and Knuckles (Idris Elba), a red echidna warrior with giant mittens and a titanic fist to match. The former arrives in Sonic’s (Ben Schwartz) sleepy hamlet of Green Hills, Washington to warn him of the arrival of the latter, who is driven by a quest to locate a Master Emerald that grants its owner the ability to any thought. The Master Emerald was actually forged from seven smaller Chaos Emeralds. Yet, like so many plot points, it ends up being entirely inconsequential. So does the precise way Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik (Jim Carrey) – banished and imprisoned at the end of the first film about a distant mushroom world that looked like a sneaky dig at Super Mario Bros.– uses primitive technology to send a signal that attracts the attention of Knuckles, who agrees to join forces to find the Master Emerald and in the process kill Sonic.
It’s just a bunch of kiddie gobbledygook tricks designed to pit Sonic and his new buddy Tails (who’s also a genius inventor) against Knuckles and Robotnik, who now has his counterpart’s bald head and huge mustache. 16 bit. Sonic and Knuckles face off in the backyard of Sonic’s house, on the snow-capped mountains of Siberia, and on a remote tropical island, all locations that seem largely animated even when the live-action Robotnik is there to participate. As before, Sonic is a bright blue blur of schoolyard attitude and playful delinquency, looking less like Bart Simpson and more like The simpsons‘ the heinous troublemaker concocted by a corporate executive, Poochie. Regardless of Schwartz’s lively and sarcastic voice work, Sonic fails to say or do anything funny or exciting – a significant problem since the script (by Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington) wants we understood both his desire to be a Batman-ish crime-fighter, and his burgeoning realization that, by Spider Man tradition, with great power comes great responsibility.
In style and layout, sonic the hedgehog 2 looks like modern Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, filled with human characters whose primary function is to dispense life lessons and gawk, smoke and freak out in the most aggressive way. James Marsden once again takes on the thankless role of small-town cop Tom Wachowski, who explains to Sonic that he still has to grow up before he can fulfill his dreams of benefactor, and Tika Sumpter fare no better. as Tom’s wife. Maddie. There’s a whole pointless subplot in which Tom and Maddie visit Hawaii to attend the wedding of Maddie’s sister, Rachel (Natasha Rothwell) and handsome Randall (Shemar Moore), only to see it invariably ruined by the impromptu arrival. from Sonic, and it’s at this point that proceedings are temporarily derailed, completely ignoring Sonic for an extremely cartoonish case involving Rachel collapsing due to the collapse of her nuptials.
“The only flesh-and-blood participant who emerges from this mess unscathed is Jim Carrey, who continues to relish the opportunity to play full ham as the malevolent Robotnik.”
The only flesh-and-blood participant who emerges from this mess unscathed is Jim Carrey, who continues to relish the opportunity to play full ham as the malevolent Robotnik. With the kind of rubbery verve that has always been his stock and trade, Carrey turns Robotnik into a psychopathic cousin of Ace Ventura, all limbs jiggling, over-the-top expressions and over-the-top jokes. He’s a nonsense-whirling dervish, and while we’ve seen this routine countless times before, it remains the liveliest aspect of this company, which otherwise runs at high speed but never seems to be heading for a particular note. , this despite everyone constantly talking about the titanic threat the Master Emerald poses to the universe if it falls into the wrong hands.
Buried deep inside sonic the hedgehog 2 is a message about seeing past historical differences (and the instinctual biases they engender) to forge productive future alliances. Yet Fowler’s adventure is all superficial – a high-octane combination of digital set pieces and clunky performances that speaks from the heart with a candor aimed squarely at the tween crowd. Much more than Idris Elba’s functional contribution as the voice of Knuckles, the goofy asides involving Dr. Robotnik’s smitten and flattering minion Stone (Lee Majdoub), the occasional appearance of Adam Pally as Green Hills, Wade, or blatant product placement (Four Seasons Oahu! Olive Garden!), it’s the combination of aww-shucky platitudes and hyper-fast-paced mayhem that are the true calling cards of this episode of the series. . It’s hard to imagine this mix drawing in anyone other than the youngest (or most immature) of moviegoers. Then again, underestimating the power of nostalgia has never been a good bet, especially when the subject matter in question can literally run on water.