Nut Job 2

2018-01-05 06:54

What it's about:

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. The Nut Job 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

What we thought:

Firstly, I did not watch the first Nut Job and to be honest I have no idea why Gulfstream Pictures had to fund a second one.

Sure enough, its entertainment for the kids but in a world in which we have mind-blowing animations including Moana, Coco, Ferdinand - and those are just the recent picks – Nut Job 2 just doesn’t deliver in any way.

In the sequel Surly and his friends must stop the evil, mean mayor from turning their home into an amusement park. Without giving any ‘spoilers’ away you can spot the ending from a mile away and well everything else also just falls flat.

Granted as a 25-year-old adult I am not the target market but even for kids I think this would be a wasted trip and expense at the cinema.

The best parts of this mediocre animation are Jackie Chan’s roll as Mr Feng, a feisty mouse who simply cannot handle being called cute and Bobby Cannavale’s character, Frankie falling head over heels in love with Maya Rudolph character, Precious. The rest of the cast were just meh.

Another positive I’d add is that the animation is pretty good given the standard of the film as a whole. Great graphics and the use of vibrant colours bring life to background, which provides a good distraction from an uninteresting storyline.

The holidays are just about over and January is going to be a long month, don’t waste the dime you have left on this flick.

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