The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Dir: Cal Brunker 1hr 31mins (U) Nut very good
The original Nut Job, which came out in 2014, was “sawdust-grade summer-holiday filler”, said Robbie Collin in The Daily Telegraph. This sequel, I’m sorry to report, is even worse – and it “knows it”. As before, the main characters are an obnoxious squirrel named Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), his longsuffering squirrel girlfriend Andie (Katherine Heigl), and their assorted animal friends. This time, the challenge is to stop the park where they live being turned into an amusement park by the rapacious mayor (Bobby Moynihan). Pixar films such as Inside Out have proved that children don’t need “relentless” hyperactivity to hold their attention, said Jonathan Dean in The Sunday Times. Yet Cal Brunker’s exhausting movie ricochets from explosions to rollercoasters to hurricanes without letting up. There’s an amusing cameo from Jackie Chan as a ninja rodent, said Helen O’Hara in Empire. But overall, this film will give anyone aged over five a “severe nut allergy”.