The Nut Job 2 (DVD) Review
In the film, a nut shop goes belly up in a boiler accident, destroying everything in its path. The animals are now forced to hunt for food in the park. The crooked mayor wants the park to become an amusement park and orders a cruel animal control agent to chase them. The animals are forced to adapt and make their own food, but they can’t escape the crooked mayor who is determined to use them as cheap labor in his amusement park.
Review of ‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’
A sequel to the 2014 kiddie comedy “The Nut Job” follows the adventures of Surly (Will Arnett) and his pals who live in an abandoned nut shop. Surly’s girlfriend (Andie) lectures them on the importance of hard work and subsistence diets. Luckily, the two are able to solve the problem and save the park. The movie is a wholesome, fun comedy with some serious undertones.
Despite the sequel’s slapstick animation, the film is a welcome change from 2014’s disastrous sequel. The sequel’s fun and clever humor keeps the film from becoming too sentimental and lazily written. Nutty by Nature is a fun afternoon movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you’re looking for a funny film to pass the time during the summer, look no further than this film.
Analysis of ‘The Nut Job 2’ film
The second part of “The Nut Job” picks up soon after the events of the first one, but has an entirely new plot. While the first film ended with the squirrels returning to their park and the leader of the band, Surly, learning selflessness, the second film opens with the local Nut Shop in a state of disarray and the human owner missing. The movie has several instances of animated product placement.
The Nut Job sequel focuses on the relationship between two squirrels who try to escape their captors. The film is aimed at small children and attempts to channel the silly humor of Looney Tunes, complete with cartoon physics and goofy sound effects. However, this film still manages to be entertaining and teach valuable lessons. If you’ve never seen the original film, then I highly recommend it.
Characters’ comic obliviousness
While The Nut Job is obviously aimed at children, the film still has some memorable moments, especially the angry Girl Scout. This film has an overall melancholy tone that makes it worth seeing. There is also a well-animated overeager pug in the movie. Overall, though, it’s a muddled grab-bag of ideas.
A comic moment in the movie comes when a squirrel tries to sing and is reprimanded by a kid. Surly’s comic obliviousness is a key element in the film. The kids’ reactions are sometimes hilarious, highlighting the film’s absurdity. Despite his insanity, Surly is still a likable, endearing character.
‘Nut Job 2’ humor
The movie’s comedy skewers both of these stereotypes, although there are a few positive points. For example, the scene where Andie tries to sing and is told that it was weird is a hilarious moment, as Andie tries to make the other animals happier by trying to sing and is told it was weird. Also, the movie’s villain is reminiscent of Putin’s chief money launderer, Mayor Muldoon. His daughter, Iwanna, reminds me of Putin’s wife.
“Nut Job 2” is a sequel to the first film, with the same premise, but a different set of characters. The first movie featured Steve Carell as the hyperactive squirrel Hammy, who accidentally destroys his winter food supply, forcing him to seek a new life in the city. With his rat friend Buddy, Surly plans to commit a heist of epic proportions, stealing money from the bank across the street.
‘Nut Job 2’ message
The message of ‘The Nut Job 2’ is a solid one, even though it is often lost in the film’s off-hand humor and the movie’s gimmicks. A squirrel trying to sing and being told that he is weird is a good example of a movie’s theme, but the rest of the film has a more edgy message. While the movie’s message is not as edgy as the first, younger viewers will get the point.
‘Nut Job 2’ picks up soon after the events of the first film, and features a new storyline. In ‘The Nut Job,’ the squirrels are back in the park, but the film begins with the local Nut Shop in a mess, and the human owner missing. This movie is filled with product placement, albeit a little creepy.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.