Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Reviews
Good Entertainment! Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, a film that gives Flint Lockwood and the gang an extra journey to this whimsical world. And surprisingly, it turns out to be all fun with wonderful animation and some memorable humor, especially when it involves puns. It's still extravagant for it to have a sequel, but if you're hungry for more of these delightful characters and their preposterous adventures, then this film is a worthwhile treat.
After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world.
I must first admit that I own the first installment on blu-ray, but I honestly don't remember if I've watched it. I'm pretty sure I get the jest of it and the beginning of this sequel does a great job explaining the events of the first movie. Having said that, you don't need to see it to enjoy this, because it's pretty good on it's own. It picks up right where it left off, and Flint(Bill Hader) is recruited by an "Apple" type science company. Long story short the food he created has mutated and taken over their city, and he has to help stop/contain them. The movie has some twists and turns, and it's very, very funny. Not to mention the animation in this is awesome. The Tacodile is something to be seen for sure. We took Grant and he enjoyed it, so kids will definitely love it. Good news is, so will the parents. I've seen much worse animated movies out there. Hopefully the make another one, cause this franchise is pretty unique and I'd love to see where it goes next.
In this PG-rated animated comedy-adventure, inventor Flint Lockwood (Hader) is forced to leave his dream job when he learns that his infamous machine is still operational and churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
With equal parts heart and humor, Pixar and Dreamworks certainly cornered the market on animated family flicks. With Cloudy 2, Sony comes close to this bar. Here, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller get replaced by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn while original screenwriters get replaced by Horrible Bosses scribes John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. This overall change results in a romp boasting more zip and laughs than the first go-round. The names and designs given the food creatures, for example, prove hilariously gut busting whether you're young or just young at heart.
Bottom line: Cheeseburger in Paradise.
The usual forte of bright colours, interesting, funny characters and an easy to engage narrative keeps this cheerful family flick humming along perfectly throughout. A solid hit rate of gags, both visual and verbal, both for kids and adults, come thick and fast, and are delivered with great success. It may lack the same degree of whimsy and spontaneity the first film had, and there is no missing the writers ramming home the moral undertones much more strongly here. But there is still tons of fun to be had, and for fans of the first movie, this is more of the same.