Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Final Trailer Leans into the Best & Worst of the Original’s Tendencies
The pandemic just distorts my perception of movies. I didn’t know Sonic the Hedgehog2 was so close until I saw the final trailer. It is equally good and as cool as the original live-action adaptation. It contains a few too many references to pop culture that seem to have dated the original movie a lot more than it did two years ago.
The final trailer has everything you need. You’ll find the humour, the jokes, and the speed. Jim Carrey plays Dr Robotnik, and Idris Elba portrays Knuckles. It also namedrops brands such as Uber and refers to Knuckles as “The Winter Soldier”, referring to the Marvel character with the same name. These were very similar to the writing I did not like from the first movie. These gags are the same as Sonic’s floss dance twice. The movie dates back to its day and makes referential gags that will not age as gracefully if your writing is just as sharp and universal. The writers have settled on a tone and are sticking with it.
The trailer goes beyond the little jokes and focuses on some of the best parts of the original movie. This makes me eager to release the film in theatres on April 8. This trailer features the comedy-esque family dynamic of Sonic and Tom Wachowski’s cop friend and best friend Rachel. It is some of the most effective humour on display. It’s still a fun movie.
I’m still waiting for the post-credits scene to introduce other Sonic characters. While I still believe Amy Rose and Metal Sonic will be the next batch of anthropomorphic animal characters to enter the live-action movie universes, I would love Shadow the Hedgehog instead.