Monday, January 20, 2014
Movie review: The Nut Job is too juvenile to be cute
Kids may find some of the jokes funny, but adults will be more entertained by checking their email.
Surly is an outcast, mischievous squirrel who pretty much only looks out for himself and his rat friend Buddy. After a wacky disaster that devastates the park’s food supply, Surly is banished from the park to the city. As he tries to acclimate to his new surroundings, Surly comes across a nut gold mine – Maury’s Nut Store. He and Buddy feast as they devise a plan to steal the nuts. They aren’t left to their own devices for long, as a team from the park swoops in to share in the nut haul.
The movie stars the voices of Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, Stephen Lang, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias, Sarah Gadon, James Rankin, Scott Yaphe, Joe Pingue, Annick Obonsawin and Julie Lemieux.
The Nut Job might not be the worst animated kids film ever, but it could be the dullest. Kids might find a few things to laugh at with the low-level humor, but adults will be on their phones checking email and Facebook the entire movie.
RATING4/10 stars – Don’t bother, it will be sure to disappoint.
Sometimes I think that because kids aren’t quite as attune to things adults are, studios think they should make stupid films. I think the opposite is true. We should make smart films that encourage children to use their imaginations and powers of deduction etc. The Nut Job treats its audience like they are idiots. Worse still, it attempts jokes that are so far from funny it’s almost laughable.
I guess we have to take into account that Open Road really hasn’t put out animated films before, but I don’t think that should be an excuse to make a bad one. In an age when time is short and attention spans are even shorter, movies like The Nut Job just shouldn’t make the cut.
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