‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ levels up the action

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From left, James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in “Sonic the Hedgehog 2.” (Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America/TNS)

“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (Sonic 2 abbreviated) released April 8, 2022, revealing a solid sequel to the first movie. With action-packed cinematics and three hedgehog celestials, the sequel had some living up to do.

Taken in by a couple (Tom Wachowski and Maddie Wachowski), Sonic lived in the attic and snuck out at night to act as a hero.

Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who was sent to the Mushroom Planet by Sonic in the previous movie, managed to escape due to an invention and met Knuckles, a member of the Knuckles clan. Sonic eventually met Tails, a soon to be best friend and adoptive brother from the Owl Tribes.

With Dr. Robotnik and Knuckles on one side and Sonic and Tails on the other, they raced to get the Master Emerald: a gem that had the ability to transform thought into power.

I was pleased to say the CGI fit up to my expectations from the last movie, “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020). The detail that went into each of the hedgehogs’ fur was phenomenal, and you could have seen every hair strand.

In fighting scenes between Sonic and Knuckles, the lasers and power that stemmed from them were immensely detailed and magical, and appeared to be sunbeams of pure light out of their fists.

However, in some aspects of the dialogue, it was cheesy. Made for younger audiences, I felt it could have been improved by adding plot movement. A lot of the dialogue consisted of “punny” jokes and stating the obvious of what was going on, like when Sonic and the other hedgehogs were telling of the Master Emerald.

On the flip side, the soundtrack composed with this movie was great. With each battle scene or cinematic glory, the songs had fit perfectly, from a relaxed and melodic “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones to a hype, upbeat “Stars In The Sky” by Kid Cudi.

Somehow, “Sonic 2” lived up to its nonexistent hype. Although cheesy in some aspects and pretty ok in others, this movie did not strike me as one of the best movies or sequels. It seemed to be worse than the first.

I gave it a solid 3/5 stars due to its generality. It was in theaters for a solid month after its release, and it should have been on multiple streaming platforms.