I loved the first Sonic film so it should come as no surprise that I enjoyed Sonic The Hedgehog 2 even more. This movie takes everything that made the first one so much fun and cranks it up to 100 (while Jim Carrey cranks it up to 200). Thanks to the introduction of Tails and Knuckles, the story doesn’t feel like a rehash but rather something completely new and fresh. Let’s get into why I loved Sonic The Hedgehog 2.

The movie is once again led by a fantastic cast. Ben Schwartz once again kills it as Sonic and Jim Carrey is having the time of his life playing Jim Carrey. However, it’s the new additions to the cast that really stand out. Colleen O’Shaughnessey reprises the role of Mile ‘Tails’ Prower from the video games while Idris Elba voices Knuckles the Echidna. O’Shaughnessey voices Tails to perfection (as she has for many years now) and she’s the perfect companion to Schwartz’s Sonic. However, in my opinion, Elba just steals the show as Knuckles. He was definitely an odd choice at first for the fan-favourite character but after watching this film, there is no better actor fit for the role than Elba. He makes every scene he’s in memorable and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the character in the Knuckles show and Sonic The Hedgehog 3.

The script of this film is much improved as well. It’s sharper, tighter, and much funnier than the last film. The film was chock-full of pop culture references and everyone from toddlers to adults were laughing out loud in my theatre. Screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller returned to pen the second film after the first’s success and John Whittington joined them on this one as well. This trio did a wonderful job with the script and I hope they both come back for the third film.

Jim Carrey in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.

The message of the film is also something that I think is really important. The film revolves around family and the importance of being surrounded by loved ones. It’s a sweet sentiment that might sound like a rehash of the first film but its not. With the new characters added to the film, the idea of family takes on a whole new meaning for Sonic and it’s really heartwarming to watch.

James Marsden, Tika Sumpter and Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega. Photo Credit: Courtesy Paramount Pictures and Sega of America.

The visual effects in the film are once again top-notch. After the overwhelmingly negative response to Sonic’s original design in the first film, the team quickly fixed the look of the character and the response was unanimously positive. Well, I am happy to report that Tails and Knuckles look just as good as the Blue Blur, if not better. The big action sequences also look fantastic and it’s incredible how realistic the characters and wacky set pieces look. Great work from the VFX team.

Sonic (Ben Schwartz) in Sonic The Hedgehog 2 from Paramount Pictures and Sega.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is what a sequel should be: Bigger and better than the first film in every way. Action-packed from start to finish, there’s never a dull moment in this film. It’s a must-see for the whole family.