An amusing, imaginative buddy-agent comedy on the flip side of a challenging, thought provoking tale concerning the duality of good and evil. Without a doubt, Will Smith and Tom Holland's voice talent and chemistry carry the whole movie (that doesn't even really need carrying) Its a film more mature than animated flics usually are; which dosent at all offset its funny bone, but allows it to drive home it's morals the most effectively. It's a movie that balances its light and dark moments well because they often both contribute to the primary message. Although at times, there are a couple futile character and set piece bits where nothing is really happening, soon enough, the film gets going again and the hi-jinx continues. Bluesky has created such a charming film with its own voice, it's own feel, and it's own story to tell; and when the credits rolled, I found myself entertained, challenged, and most of all, delighted. Fantastic Flic.
I do applaud the choice to add a Crucible-esc spin on the classic fairy tale; and there are some neat ideas the plot works with. But this movie's just boring; it's got nothing to say. There are no memorable characters, the pacing is sloppy, and the "twist" is immensely lame. There's nothing to take with you from this movie. I'm not disappointed it entered my life but I could've done without it's existence.
The romance in this film was the most engaging for me; not only because there's a palpable chemistry between the leads; but also because the writing is top notch. Conversations in this movie feel real; they don't come off as scripted or disingenuous (at least concerning the leads) This in turn, engages the viewer because with real feeling, emotional dialogue, comes real feeling, emotional conflicts; which the film performed very well. That side conflict orbits the main premise of this picture; which the film uses as a means to create some poignant moments; in addition with some comedic ones. That being said, the film's pacing was wonky. Sometimes, it just seems like the movie loses a sense of direction; but that doesn't subtract from an intriguing experience I'd recommend anyone (Especially Beetles fans; there are some winks in there for you)
The creative team was rewarded a pizza party after this, I just know it. My, what an absurd, but creatively exuberant movie. Again, this franchise's writers were tasked with a simple premise. Last time, it was "what if it rained food?" This time, it was "what if the food became animals?" and they nailed it. Every "foodimal" design in this movie is just delightfully clever; with almost everyone of them being an animal based food pun! The animation brings them to life beautifully; and the writing grants charm to all of them. Aside from that, it's the equally charming cast of main characters that bring additional enjoyment to these films. However, the new characters this one introduces bring enjoyment of their own. The plot is predictable and cliche but it doesn't even matter because the characters and their charm shine through. I'd say this sequel is even better than the first movie; everything that made it great was only improved. Sony pictures had the opportunity to imagine grand stories with this franchise; and what they envisioned make for animated gems.
This film's premise alone allowed it to achieve such grand extremes with its ideas; and it took that opportunity. It creatively explores the concept of food weather to paint unique and very entertaining set pieces. All of the characters are charming and memorable in their own ways; and the film's animation style and sense of humor charm as well. It's a delightful, endearing flick with a unique kind of chaos not found watching any other movie.