Flash Movie Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

My credentials to review this movie go back to my childhood. The pretzel rods I would snack on were really rocket ships, which would patrol around me as I was watching television. There was a particular butter cookie, shaped like the head of a daisy with a hole in the middle, that emitted a force field when I wore them as rings on my fingers. I not only enjoyed eating my food but playing with it too. There was hardly a food that could not become something to play with, simply by using my imagination. In this animated sequel the creative ways used to bring food items to life was fun and enjoyable to watch. I did not see the first film so I cannot make a comparison between the two. Bill Hader (Paul, Superbad) voiced young inventor Flint Lockwood. When invited to join some of the best scientists in the world at the Live Corp Company, Flint jumped at the chance to meet his idol Chester V, voiced by Will Forte (MacGruber, The Watch). Though the company’s mission was to create inventions that would better mankind, Flint’s past would play an important part in the company’s future. I thought the casting of voices such as Terry Crews (Bridesmaids, The Expendables franchise) as Earl Devereaux, Anna Faris (The House Bunny, The Dictator) as Sam Sparks and James Caan (Misery, Elf) as Tim Lockwood was the best part of the predictable story. The humor was geared towards young children leaving me a bit bored. Once in a while there was a joke that I acknowledged as being clever but nothing that was worth a chuckle. I got a kick out of the animation because it reminded me of the animated movies I saw as a kid. At one point I took a look around the theater and noticed the kids were interested in the movie while the adults appeared to fidget in their seats. This family comedy did not have the style and depth of some of the other film studios’ animated features. If you have a young child who wants to see this film they will probably enjoy it. If you go, stay through the first set of credits. As for myself, I left the theater with a strong desire to grab a bite to eat.

 

2 stars

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 8, 2013, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I didn’t see the first film either but the book “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is one of my all time favourite stories.

  2. Have yet to see this, but I do have a fondness for the first movie. It’s not great but it’s not that bad either, loaded with quite a bit of imagination at work. I expect the second movie might be like that, although I suspect the story might be lacking.

  3. in Italia è “Piovono polpette” 😀
    bellissimo, mi ha divertito tanto .. 😉
    *in Italian is “raining meatballs”
    beautiful, I have enjoyed it so much ..

  4. I saw the first one and I actually have it.. I thought it was fun, the story line and the way the characters were portrayed was neat. I like what you were saying at the beginning of your review about the food items being playthings as well as food. Brought back memories of my childhood too. I had forgotten about those butter cookies with the hole in the middle but I used to do the same thing–wear them as rings before I ate them. I loved them!

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