The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Na­ture

The Week Middle East - - Arts -

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”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.