Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Picture of Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is a fun sequel

Director Jeff Fowler makes a return to the world of video games in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures. After settling in Green Hills with Tom (James Marsden) and Maddie (Tika Sumpter), Sonic (Ben Schwartz) is eager to prove, he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carey) returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles (Idris Elba), in search of an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails (Collen O’Shaughnessy), and together they embark on a globetrotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

Growing up as a video game fan outside of a Game Boy, I never had Nintendo products, as I was a Sega kid. Sonic the Hedgehog was a personal favorite growing up, so in 2020, when the big-screen adaptation arrived, my son and I saw it with anticipation. Sonic the Hedgehog broke the video game to film curse, to our surprise. After seeing the post-credit scene in the first film, which teased the character of Tails, we both looked forward to a sequel.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 picks up sometime after the first film, which I felt worked for the narrative structure that returning writers Pat Casey & Josh Miller, and new addition John Whittington want to take the movie. This writing style mainly works for Dr. Robotnik’s arc and how he encounters Knuckles. In addition, Wade Whipple (Adam Palley), the deputy sheriff of Green Hills and Tom’s friend, and Rachel (Natasha Rothwell), Maddie’s older sister who dislikes Tom, also return for the sequel and have arcs that feature in the film’s central plot nicely.

Ben Schwartz is still in fine form as Sonic regarding the voice acting, delivering effective one-liners. New cast members Idris Elba and Collen O’Shaughnessy also provide solid voice work and have great chemistry with Schwartz. Both Elba and O’Shaughnessy are not new to voice work, with the latter having voiced the character of Tails in the Sonic video game franchise while Elba did voice work in Zootopia and The Jungle Book

The human cast does what they can with the material. No one has any standout moments outside of Jim Carey and Natasha Rothwell. Carey is having a blast hamming it up as our big bad. While Insecure’s Natasha Insecure actress steals nearly every scene, she is in and has terrific moments with Shemar Moore. I would love to see Rothwell’s character take center stage if we get a third film.

For the most part, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is harmless family entertainment with a few expectations. I did find the film to run overlong, a problem that could have found resolution in the editing. Furthermore, while Tom and Maddie figure more into Rachel’s arc, they should have had more to do, particularly with the screen presence that both James Marsden and Tika Sumpter possess. 

Nevertheless, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 avoids the typical sequel pitfalls and continues to expand on Sonic’s cinematic universe.


Final Grade: B

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is in theaters now

Movie Clappers

More to explorer

Babes is a successful mix of heart and profanity

Pamela Adlon, an actress who has transitioned into a director, presents a heartwarming and uproarious comedy as her debut in “Babes,” produced by Neon Films. Ilana Glazer and Josh Rabinowitz pen the film’s screenplay. Inseparable childhood friends Eden (Ilana Glazer) and Dawn (Michelle Buteau), having grown up together in NYC, are now firmly in different phases of adulthood. Every Thanksgiving, the two decide to meet for a movie, but things take a surprising turn when Dawn goes into labor.

Sans the overlong run time Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga delivers the action goods

Australian filmmaker George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic action-adventure genre for his eleventh film, “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,” from Warner Bros. Miller collaborated with Nico Lathouris to co-write the screenplay for the fifth installment in the “Mad Max” franchise. This installment is a spin-off and prequel to the previous film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

The Last Stop in Yuma County is an impressive debut

Francis Galluppi, the writer and director of this debut film, “The Last Stop in Yuma County,” takes audiences on a thrilling journey reminiscent of the grindhouse era. This tense and gripping thriller is set in the unforgiving desert landscape of Arizona, following a nameless young knife salesman (Jim Cummings) who finds himself in a perilous hostage situation at a remote desert rest stop.