That’s tagline basically showcase one of the best quality of the film: it’s Pun-tastic jokes! Flint Lockwood and his hodge-podge gang is back in the second installment following the success of its 2009 predecessor. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, directly follows the conclusion of the first film, as an aftermath of the great disaster caused by his own invention FLDSMDFR, Flint saved the world, leaving his hometown of Swallow Falls to be covered in gigantic sized bacons, donuts, the eponymous meatballs and other edibles. Live Corp CEO, Flint’s Idol, the super-inventor Chester V came there for to save the people of Swallow Falls to relocate, taking the task of cleaning up to him and his band of thinkonauts.
Given a new job as one of the thousand inventors in the live corp but failing to become the chosen thinkonauts of the year (for his very literal Party-In-A-Box) made Flint loose some of his confidence. When Chester V himself asked for Flint help to embark on a perilous mission back to Swallow Falls and put a stop on the mutated food leftovers and rediscover the corpse of FLDSMDFR machine for the greater good of human. Or so he thought. Facing his not so secret adventure, together with the old gang, Steve the monkey, Sam, Manny, Brent, Earl, and much to his cargin, his dad, against the… Foodimals?
Bright and saccharinely colorful, full of visual delights and delicious designed of food and animals hybrid with a healthy dose of puns. The enemy that the gang must avoid comes in a form of Cheesespiders (a gigantic french-fries legged cheeseburger) as well as a ‘supreme’ Tacodile (well, tacos). Amusing little creatures form the new habitat of Swallow Falls: Hippotatomus, Shrimpanzee, Flamangoes, Watermelephant, etc. Not including the aide of talking cucumbers, berries, and marshmallows. I think the combination of visual puns with the dialogue goes well, i manage to chuckle everytime they made a joke, even if it was a repeat (‘There’s a leek in my boat!’). The film amuses me with it. And i think younger viewers (ie: Children) would be able to enjoy it a lot more.
Despite the definitely snazzy design of the delicious Swallow Falls and the foodimals (as well as the white out, ultra tech-y Live Corp’s headquarters), I found myself grew weary by the 3rd act, where the novelties of visual and puns extravaganza was wearing off and the hecticness of the visual started to annoy me. I think the cast is great, but when they have to move about and talk a lot, it made them looked so hectic and well tiring. Even if there were multi-layered messages for kids and adults alike, some are light-hearted pokes, some are jabs towards more serious issues, but they were aimed with lack of emphasis, and at the very end it lost some of the heartfelt message that the predecessor manage to deliver. Instead, it ended up as a movie that looked mouth-wateringly good (almost literally) without any real nutritional value.
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 would be a fun film to watch with your little ones! It looks yummy, it has some smart lines, and it’s fun enough for giggles. If don’t expect somekind of epiphany after watching the movie, you might just enjoyed it too. Fair warning: you may have a sudden hankering for pancake and cheeseburger after watching the films. :D
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (2013)
GENRE Animation, Adventure, Comedy
DIRECTOR Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn | PRODUCER Pam Marsden, Kirk Bodyfelt | WRITER John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja | MUSIC Mark Mothersbaugh | EDITOR Stan Webb | STUDIO Sony Pictures Animation | DISTRIBUTOR Columbia Pictures | COUNTRY United States | BUDGET $78 million | RUNNING TIME 95 minutes | RATING PG for mild rude humor | RELEASE September 27, 2013
STARRING Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal