Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Review - The Nut Job (2014)

Starring Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl.
Directed by Peter Lepeniotis.
Runtime: 1hr 26mins

Synopsis: An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.

The Nut Job is voiced by Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Brendan Fraser and Katherine Heigl. The movie follows an exiled squirrel Surly (Will Arnett) who embarks on a mission to raid a nut store for his and the park's survival. This movie is what happens when you try to knockoff Over The Hedge while featuring cameos from Angry Bird, Ratatouille and Gangnam Style. A subpar animated flick that you forget seconds after watching.

The Good?

Well there's not much good to say about this flick but I did like its video game-like animation -- it looked good to say the least. What is commendable about this movie is its layered plot and unexpected twist -- I thought it explored its various themes well enough. Not typical for animated films to have this kind of plotting but thankfully it didn't feel all too jumbled.

The Bad?

For the first time ever, I watched an animated movie where I didn't care about ANY of the characters at all. Otherwise from Liam Neeson and Katherine Heigl, I thought the voicings in this movie were pretty bad. Notably Brendan Fraser's annoying character that the movie could have really done without. Even the central character's voicing was pretty bad. Although I did chuckle one or two times throughout, the humor fell flat for most parts in The Nut Job. There were quite a few moments of stupid dialogue and the movie is filled with nut puns. Sadly, these annoying and unlikable characters just didn't cut it for me. Hard to believe that a sequel has already been greenlit.

Grade: D

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