Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (3D)

2014-01-31 09:54
What it's about:

Inventor Flint Lockwood's genius is finally being recognised as he's invited by his idol, Chester V, to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. It's always been Flint's dream to be recognised as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids — "foodimals!" With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures, to save the world again!

What we thought:

If you thought the first Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs was silly, than the second installment will stretch your logic to the farthest corners of the pun universe. Ridiculous on a level that’s only reserved for children and children-at-heart, you can clearly see that the writers and animators were out to have as much fun as possible.

Not only is the scenery a delicious feast for the eyes, but the detail put into every foodimal (food animals for those without a punny bone) is incredible, from their design to their behaviour and successfully brings a world to life that could have very easily fallen flat. Although, the bananostriches freaked me out the most – they sounded more like dolphins with legs. A scary image indeed.

Although it has easily kept the tone of the first movie, it is easy to see that the second one was helmed by different directors as number two seemed much less restrained than the first one, which was a surprise hit for Sony Pictures. They were toeing the line in the first one, but in the sequel Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn burst through whatever walls was containing the silliness.

Silliness aside, the movie has some clever writing and the characters are pretty awesome, especially the overly-manly police officer Earl Devereaux, who was originally voiced by Mr T. but was replaced with Terry Crews. The most annoying character was the main character Flint Lockwoods’ ex-bully, Brent McHale. As in every comedy there is the sidekick-idiot but unfortunately Andy Samberg’s Brent was just annoying and had no real bearing on the plot.

Through and through, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2 is children’s movie and should thrill all children of any age, including the inner-child. If you are in any way a serious-minded fellow, then this movie will cause you serious pain in the brain.

Although it won’t attract the awards gaze like other animations like Disney’s Frozen or Despicable Me 2, Cloudy can hold its cauliflower head up high in all its pun glory.

Warning: This movie will make you very, very hungry.

Suspend all notions of logic at the entrance to the cinema and dive into a world of food puns that will make you brain hurt but your heart laugh.
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