Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie, and Precious, discover that the mayor of Oakton City is cracking one big hustle to build a giant amusement park, which in turn will bulldoze their home. The animals must stop the mayor, his daughter, and a mad animal control officer in order to take back the city park.
If you’re reading this, I imagine it’s only in the best interest of the kids. Much like the first movie, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is well and truly aimed at those aged eight and under, perhaps 10 at most.
Speaking for the target age group, there’s plenty of fun gags and quirks to keep them amused for a good hour and a half. From a more adult perspective, even if we’re talking at 12 years old, the jokes, action and overall story aren’t really anything fresh or original as something that’s mediocre at best. I’ll admit there’s a great dynamic with Surly and Buddy with a couple of scenes that I found quite touching but in the grand scheme of things there are more relatable duos for you and your best friend.
As far as Will Arnett voice acting goes, I prefer him in Bojack Horseman or even The Lego Batman Movie. It’s not that he’s done a bad job as the voice of Surly, I just can’t help but feel like he’s being wasted a second time on this one. Even so, he’s got a wonderfully rich voice and can flawlessly bring out the best in his comedic roles which I’d say is a plus for all audiences of this film.
The rest of the original cast including Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph and many more do some pretty good work for the script they’ve been given. A more memorable and complimenting performance arrives from the dangerously cute mouse warrior Mr. Feng voiced by Jackie Chan.
Even at the age this is aimed for, I personally don’t think I would have been racing to the cinema to ensure I’m not missing out. If you’re looking for something to simply distract the kids, this should do the trick. However, if you’re really after something that’s fun for the whole family, save your money for Incredibles 2 (2018) because Pixar’s had 14 years to make that one a blast.
Releases: 11th January 2018
Rating: PG – Contains low level violence
Duration: 91 minutes
Starring: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph
Director: Cal Brunker (Escape from planet Earth)
The poster of the gang in the acorn is a homage to the poster of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
In this sequel, the nut shop is called, "Nibbler's Nuts". In the previous film, The Nut Job (2014), the shop is called, "Maury's Nuts". It's possible that the last name of Lana, King's girlfriend, is Nibbler.
This will be Will Arnett's second animated film in 2017. He is also in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) six months prior.
Tom Kenny's second animated sequel despite not saying a single line in the entire film.
Mr. Feng, voiced by Jackie Chan, is shown to have a one-inch punch attack. Coincidentally, the one-inch punch is commonly attributed to Bruce Lee, whom Jackie Chan had been a stuntman on two of his films (Fist of Fury (1972) and Enter the Dragon (1973), specifically).