THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Jim Carrey was a walking, talking cheat code for the first film's success, and this time around he steals every scene he's in. While the rest of the cast is still on uneven ground acting against CG co-stars, Carrey isn't having any issues.
Following his mustache-twirling comeback as Dr. Robotnik, Carrey broke the news that he will be retiring from the big screen. There's no denying that this casts a pall on the future of the Sonic franchise without its main villain.
Ben Schwartz nailed Sega's mascot straight out the gate. In "Sonic the Hedgehog 2," he gives Sonic heart and humor in equal balance, and whenever a cheesy moment does slip through the cracks, it's permissible simply because it’s delivered by Schwartz.
While Sonic's sequel does have plenty of highs, the lows stand out. When Sonic and Tails determine a "dance-off" will be their next move, what follows is a paint-by-numbers sequence that brings the film to a halt and highlights some of the film's worst CGI.
Elba manages to make this legendary bruiser his own in his first appearance in the role. Watching his character develop is easily one of the film's biggest highlights.