“Sonic the Hedgehog 2” does not match Jim Carrey’s Maniac

Given its brilliance, Sonic the Hedgehog The highest grossing video game status of all time in America is a depressing accusation of the genre, whose reputation will not be enhanced by the continuation of this blockbuster, Sonic the Hedgehog 2. A comparable sequel that flies about action, hope, allusions to pop culture and more than a few groaning statements about the importance of family and the nature of heroism will surely enchant teenage fans of the first film. Anyone over the age of twelve, however, should avoid it.

Continuation of director Jeff Fowler (in theaters on April 8) is certainly working hard to attract the members of Gen-X who have grown up navigating the bright blue speed through chess lands marked by jumping bows and 360-degree loops. An instruction manual designed to resemble those that came with Sega Genesis games is the most obvious of these endorsements, although the references to Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Fast and furious and other familiar test stones are also sprinkled in this fast-paced story. Unfortunately, most of these quotes will go through the heads of the film’s target audience, as well as miss out on their adult comrades, given that this saga is a mostly youthful adventure, who cares more about the CGI slam show. -bang and cheesy dramas than saying something interesting or affecting mature viewers.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is primarily concerned with expanding the franchise, and to achieve this he introduces two new characters, well known to players: Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey), a fellow fox with a two-card appendix that allows him to fly like a helicopter. , and Knuckles (Idris Elba), a red echidna warrior with huge gloves and a titanium fist. The first arrives in the sleepy hamlet of Sonic’s hometown (Ben Schwartz), Green Hills, Washington, to warn him of the latter’s arrival, which is motivated by a search to locate an Emerald Master who gives the owner the ability to to make any thought real. Master Emerald was actually forged from seven smaller Chaos emeralds. However, like so many points of intrigue, this becomes completely irrelevant. So is the precise way in which Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik (Jim Carrey) – expelled and imprisoned at the end of the first film about a distant world of mushrooms, which seemed like a cunning digging at Super Mario brothers.– uses primitive technology to send a signal that catches Knuckles’ attention, who agrees to join forces to find Master Emerald and, in doing so, kill Sonic.

All of this is just a lot of gobbledygook kids stuff designed to put Sonic and his new friend Tails (who is also a genius inventor) in front of Knuckles and Robotnik, who now boasts the bald head and huge mustache of his counterpart its 16-bit. Sonic and Knuckles go to the backyard of Sonic’s house, to the snow-capped mountains of Siberia and to a remote tropical island, all locations that seem mostly lively even when Robotnik is about to participate. As before, Sonic is a bright blue blur of schoolyard attitude and playful delinquency, which is less like Bart Simpson than The SimpsonsPoochie, the odious troublemaker, invented by corporate executives. Regardless of Schwartz’s lively and sarcastic voice, Sonic somehow fails to say or do something funny or exciting – a significant issue because the screenplay (by Pat Casey, Josh Miller and John Whittington) wants us to empathize with both his wishes. to be Batman. -ish-crime fighter and realizes that, per Spider Man tradition, great power comes with great responsibility.

In style and mood, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 looks like modern Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, full of human characters whose main function is to give life lessons and to look, smoke and get scared in a maximum way. James Marsden once again takes on the role of the ungrateful little cop in the small town of Tom Wachowski, who explains to Sonic that he has more to do before he can make his dreams come true, and Tika Sumpter can’t do better as his wife. to Tom. Maddie. There’s a whole lot of useless side intrigue in which Tom and Maddie visit Hawaii to attend the wedding of Maddie’s sister Rachel (Natasha Rothwell) and Randall’s boyfriend (Shemar Moore), only to be invariably ruined by Sonic’s impromptu arrival. and it’s here. points out that the proceedings are temporarily out of the question, completely ignoring Sonic for a daring cartoon affair involving Rachel having a crisis due to the collapse of her wedding.

The only flesh-and-blood participant out of this mess is Jim Carrey, who continues to enjoy the opportunity to become a complete hambone like the malevolent Robotnik.

The only flesh-and-blood participant out of this mess is Jim Carrey, who continues to enjoy the opportunity to become a complete hambone like the malevolent Robotnik. With the kind of rubbery verve that has always been his action and job, Carrey turns Robotnik into a psychopathic cousin of Ace Ventura, all limbs shaken, exaggerated expressions and exaggerated bon mots. He is a dervish of stupidity, and if I have seen this routine countless times before, it remains the liveliest aspect of this endeavor, which otherwise competes with great speed, but never seems to go anywhere on a special note, this in spite of all. constantly talking about the titanic threat that Master Emerald poses to the universe if it falls into the wrong hands.

Buried deep inside Sonic the Hedgehog 2 it is a message about seeing past historical differences (and the prejudices they generate) to create future productive alliances. However, Fowler’s adventure is on the surface – a combination of a high octane level of digital set pieces and awkward performances that speak from the heart with a clarity aimed directly at the pre-teen crowd. Much more than Idris Elba’s functional contribution as the voice of Knuckles, both involving Dr. Robotnik’s servant, lover and flatterer, Stone (Lee Majdoub), the occasional appearance of Adam Pally as Green Hills’ deputy, Wade, or The flagrant product placement (Four Seasons Oahu! The Olive Garden!) is a combination of amazing platitudes and high-speed chaos that are the real business cards of this series. It’s hard to imagine that drawing mix in anyone but the youngest (or most immature) moviegoer. Then again, underestimating the power of nostalgia has never been a good bet – especially when the subject in question can literally run on water.