The critters are back, and this time the stakes have never been higher as Surley (Will Arnett), Andie (Katherine Heigel) and the rest of their friends fight to save their beloved park in The Nut Job 2: Nuttier by Nature.
Having found true bliss in the Nut Factory, wise-cracking squirrel Surly has forgotten his animal ways and is happy to just sit back and party. That is until the Nut Factory blows up and he and his friends are left without a home. Forced to return to the park with the far more responsible Andie, Surly soon finds that he is forced to get back to his natural way of life. That is until the corrupt mayor decides to destroy the park for his own financial gain. Faced with the ruin of their home Surly, Andie and the rest of their friends decide to fight back against the greedy humans and save their home for good.
If you’re looking for a cute time at the movies then you’ll find it with The Nut Job 2. From the moment it starts this sweet little family film will have you in stitches of laughter as Surley is forced to learn how to be a squirrel again while Andie looks on with shock, From his sudden inability to climb a tree to his crazed search for a new source of food following the loss of the Nut Factory, Will Arnett lays on the comedy pretty heavily, and I found myself cracking up with laughter at his crazed antics.
But while Arnett is a considerable lead star I have to give the movie to Maya Rudolph who stars as Precious, a pug who is kidnapped by the mayor’s crazed and psychotic daughter and finds herself with a boyfriend in the form of the Stockholm syndrome-suffering Frankie (Bobby Cannavale). Rudolph has a real deadpan sense of style and her disbelief at where she has ended up, and her cringe-worthiness is particularly funny. However, I can say that it is ultimately a happy story for Precious and Frankie and they make a cute, if oddball couple.
Finally, in a surprise cameo, Jackie Chan brings a pint-sized dose of martial arts hilarity to the role of Mr. Fang, a white mouse with serious anger issues. Portrayed as a local gang leader who has a run in with Surley and instantly dislikes after he calls him cute, Fang soon turns out to be a worthy alley to Surley and his friends as they fight to save their home. Chan has a lot of fun with this angry little mouse, and his martial arts background leads to some very funny moments on screen. It’s a completely scene-stealing performance, and Chan makes a great addition to the world of the Nut Job!
While there’s plenty of laughs and some outrageous scenes in The Nut Job 2, something that I really enjoyed seeing was that it was a film that put a real emphasis on environmentalism. It was great to see a message like this making its way onto the big screen, especially for younger audience members, and I was really pleased to see that the filmmakers were keen to send a message along with a tonne of laughs!
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature is good’ol family fun and if you’re looking for some laughs and want to see the underdogs triumph in a sweet-natured little film then you should definitely check out this hilarious new film.
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