Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Scatterbrained Script Entertains Nonetheless
To call sonic the hedgehog 2 the unfocused script would be generous. The film changes genre, tone, and narrative focus more frequently than a 1998 hyperactive child-operated TV with 900 channels and a remote control. However, despite its complete lack of structure, bizarre pacing, and often flat humor, it’s – like the first film in the series – extremely hard to dislike.
Sonic 2 sees the first film’s villain, Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) team up with the moody Knuckles (Idris Elba) to track down the legendary Master Emerald, a gem that grants its owner the power to “turn thoughts into reality.” Opposite him are Sonic the Hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) and his new friend Miles “Tails” Prower (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), who first try to reach the emerald in order to prevent Robotnik from gaining its power. .
The emerald hunt is the main narrative axis of Sonic 2, yet the film often seems to forget that this is the case. Much of the film is also set in Hawaii where it follows a completely different narrative about Tom and Maddie Wachowski (James Marsden and Tika Sumpter) in a lighthearted wedding comedy reminiscent of wedding crashes or My big Greek wedding. The movie also spends way too much time on a side plot about an incompetent small-town cop (Adam Pally) trying to play sheriff for the day, diving into Paul Blart territory. Even when the movie focuses on Sonic and Tails, many of their adventures have nothing to do with their main focus.
The result is a jumbled mess that looks like a different movie every 10 minutes. Each of these tales has its charming moments, of course, and the movie often feels like a series of short trailers for a bunch of other fun movies. The wedding subplot in particular has a lot of potential and features Natasha Rothwell as bride-to-be Rachel in an extremely solid performance. However, its irrelevance to the rest of the story begs the question of why Rachel isn’t the main character in her own (much better) movie instead of a supporting character in this one. Multiple storylines are acceptable if a filmmaker can weave them together in a thematic, tonal, or narrative fashion; however, there is no effort to be made sonic 2 the narratives converge effectively.
The lack of narrative structure is compounded by a series of confusing pacing choices. A movie based on a super-fast video game shouldn’t feel boring or slow, but there are times – especially towards the end – when audience members will likely find themselves sneakily checking the time on their phones. With so many rapidly changing plots, it seems odd that the film simultaneously manages to stretch out certain moments until they become boring.
The humor ranges from the delicious to the boring, as the film balances tired cliches with some really clever and fun banter. All Jokes About The First Four Letters Of The Phrase “Shiitake Mushrooms” Should Have Been Banned After Their Peak Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002, but that and many other overused jokes abound. However, for every non-cliched joke that doesn’t inspire anything resembling laughter, there’s a truly funny moment that will make audiences chuckle.
Nevertheless, despite all its faults, it is difficult to imagine a spectator who would come out of Sonic 2 feel anything but happy. The pacing, narrative structure, inconsistent tone and unimpressive jokes can be forgiven, as the film still manages to cobble together a fun moment – even if it’s not always funny – that’s more than the sum of its parts. .
Much of that fun comes from acting. Although there are major problems with many parts of Sonic 2, there is not a single bad performance. Jim Carrey is perfectly in his element as Dr. Robotnik, and Idris Elba is amused as the stoic, earnest Knuckles who contrasts comically with the light-hearted madness of those around him. Schwartz is aggressively likeable as Sonic, and O’Shaughnessey proves why she’s been Miles’ voice of choice for the past eight years. Marsden and Sumpter do a solid job despite having less screen time than their skills warrant, and Rothwell absolutely dazzles. There isn’t a weak actor in the group, and watching a cast of stellar entertainers have fun is a joyous enough experience to leave anyone with a great feeling as they leave the theater.
fans of the first Sonic The film may be disappointed that this one lacks its predecessor’s clearer narrative focus, stronger character development, and more impactful emotional moments. However, they’re still likely to mess around with goons like Schwartz and Carrey for 2 hours while watching a talented cast of actors commit to the project and have a great time. And, at the end of the day, sometimes you need a movie that makes you happy.
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