While not as enjoyable as its predecessor, Sony’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2  fulfills what audiences are looking for with this speedster-sequel. We follow our signature alien speedster as he meets two of the other famous faces in this well-known SEGA video game franchise.

The first is his friendly sidekick from the games, aptly named Tails (voiced by original voice actress Colleen O’Shaughnessey) and the second is a red-colored Hedgehog named Knuckles (Idris Elba).

To no surprise if you’ve witnessed the trailer, Knuckles is working with Jim Carrey’s Doctor Robotnik to find a hidden gem of ultimate power. The plot does the bare minimum to set up some big screen adventure-seeking, and everything is kept at a very low-stakes realm of entertainment, breezy and quippy dialogue.

Oftentimes, the Sonic sequel catches glimpses of the magic that made its predecessor so enjoyable. Many of those moments are guided by Carrey’s fascinating work onscreen. Another nice surprise is that Elba’s Knuckles character, who is very literal-minded like Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

The length of the movie is a bit padded at over two hours, which amounts to twenty additional minutes compared to the 2020 original film. The film’s attempts at heartfelt moments come off as strictly boilerplate and perfunctory.

The subplot about a destination wedding in Hawaii feels included just to give the humans something to do away from the action. If you were a fan of the first Sonic movie, it’s a safe bet you’ll enjoy this film on the big screen.

 

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Byron is the Awards Editor and Founder of Awards Focus, in addition to being a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's Behind the Slate Screening Series for Emmy and Oscar nominees, The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series, The Hollywood Music and Media Academy FYC Series, and Emmy & Oscar panels for Society of Lyricists and Composers.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, Lovecraft Country & The White Lotus; and the Apple TV + hit series Ted Lasso.

In February of 2020, Byron hosted and organized the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

Byron is also a patent holding inventor, screenwriter, and songwriter (X-Men Apocalypse) in addition to being a proud member of The Society of Lyricists & Composers and BMI.

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