Jim Carrey has announced that he is leaving acting behind. “Yes, I’m retiring,” the actor, 60, said Access Hollywood. “I’ve had enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.”
Go with God, Jim. But what may be the final film in the big comedy, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, won’t exactly come out on top.
Running time: 122 minutes. Rated PG (Action, some violence, crude humor and mild language). In theatres.
Two years ago, the first “sound” was a surprise hit for Paramount, even after a spate of bad press, said the terrifying CGI hedgehog we saw in the trailer was the stuff of nightmares. The filmmakers gave the little guy a makeover and the film grossed a respectable $319 million at the box office.
At that point, Sonic should have picked up his magical gold rings and — like Carrey — quit. But, oh no, Hollywood’s cravings are never quite satisfied. And so we now have an often crunchy sequel that shoves in more of Sonic’s pesky animal friends.
In the formulaic storyline, his nemesis Doctor Robotnik (Carrey) has been trapped on the Mushroom Planet since the end of the last adventure (“Holy Shitake!” he yells), but he manages to escape and help a rival red hedgehog named Knuckles (voiced by Idris Elba) to find the legendary Master Emerald.
A cheap copy of the Ring of Power from The Lord of the Rings, the gem brings its owner’s thoughts, good or bad, to life.
Sonic (who makes his own lame oath joke: “Holy Sherbet!”) must stop Robotnik while the blue guy’s boring roommates from fictional Green Hills, California, Sheriff Tom (James Marsden) and Maddie (Tika Sumpter), attend a wedding are in Hawaii. For those of you curious as to which hotel the ceremony is taking place at, the characters keep reminding us that they are in the new Four Seasons Oahu. What is that? Sonic the advertising man?
Our hero is joined by Tails, a cute fox with a helium voice like Tails on a chalkboard, who would be more at home on a children’s morning TV show than a cheeky live-action movie.
The whole enterprise is a textbook MacGuffin, a story in which the characters spend the runtime searching for a coveted object. The Master Emerald isn’t quite the Ark of the Covenant, and Sonic and his friends don’t make too many exotic stops. California, Siberia and Hawaii only. You don’t solve complex clues, but stumble over buttons.
The first “Sonic” worked unexpectedly well because it pushed the wisecracking alien into a small town full of people – a pig without water – and gave Carrey a chance to once again do the physical comedy he’s best known for. Now the novelty has faded, the charm of the original has gone, and the series has nowhere to go.
Carrey is still a riot as Robotnik – which for him is a “mask”-like role as there is no emotion or heartwarming aspect – and he’s forced to tease high-budget mediocrity.
I’d rather see Carrey end his career on a high note than with a “WHY?!” hint.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/07/sonic-the-hedgehog-2-review-jim-carrey-cant-quit-with-lousy-film/ Jim Carrey can’t stop with a bad movie