Tuesday, August 22, 2017

[Review] The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

After the first Nut Job, I can't imagine that anyone was cracking for a sequel. But here we are with The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, an animated flick that is about as imaginative as its punny title.

We check back in with Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a protagonist so forgettable that I didn't even remember that his name was Surly (or that he's purple). Anyway, the peaceful existence of Surly and his small mammal friends is threatened when the egg-shaped Mayor of Oakton City (Bobby Moynihan) lays down plans to build a noisy amusement park in their grassy, tree-filled habitat.

It's a wildly familiar plot, and the execution of it is so humorless and so hollowed of originality. It heavily (and shamelessly) borrows a bunch of generic elements from recent hits like The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia. And it's as if the writers tried to squeeze the word "nut" into the script as many times as possible. So hilarious! As for the animation - it's fine, but nothing to get excited about it.

The film's message of preserving the environment and resisting government greed is an agreeable one, but the The Nut Job 2 is so trite that it just comes off as a soggy, stepped-on shell of entertainment.

( 3.5/10 )

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