The Nut Job(English/Animation) Rating: * * ½ The character detailing and animation are first rate but the visually hurried narrative pacing and lack of genuine laughs makes it too tedious to recommend.
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English Film Review
Film: The Nut Job
Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Rating: * * ½
An animation film trying hard to be adventurous, this story about an incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel who 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.
Not much of a storyline if you ask me and the animation , though detailed and exacting does not appear very distinctive. The jokes veer towards bad taste and the voicing is also not anywhere close to the best we’ve heard so far.
The time spent on the animal and human designs was visible in the contours and the minutest detailing. The lips were especially real looking unlike most other animated creatures we’ve seen. Even the humans were well crafted. They had a distinctiveness that was well apparent in their styling and structures.
The Nut Job tries to draw on several genres of film to form it’s family friendly plot-line. – from crime drama, a voyage of self discovery to a tale of redemption, they are all included in the narrative spiel. The film even hopes to educate with it’s basic, rudimentary information about the animal species through dialogue. So much for the good part.
Unfortunately the pacing is uneven and inconsistent. There’s just too much happening and very little time for reactions to register. As a result you don’t develop any empathy for the characters. The character development is poor. Comedy fares badly too. There’s not much to laugh at and what little is there is in bad taste. So there’s very little for the cinegoer to latch on to- unless you plan on studying animation !