Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: A Tasteful Buffet
For those not familiar with the children’s book, this is the story of local inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) of Swallow Falls and his crazy inventions. One day he creates a machine that converts water into food, but he accidentally launches it into the atmosphere above the island town. The town that’s written off Flint as a weirdo changes its tune as food starts raining down from the sky. Through the various gastronomical weather events, Flint falls in love with reporter Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) and gains the admiration of the whole town. But like with all of Flint’s inventions, nothing good lasts forever.
While a simple story, Cloudy works for all ages, with jokes easy enough for the kids to follow and more sophisticated humor that neither panders to adults nor is eye roll worthy (thank you, Shrek). The story flowed and held my interest even in the slow parts. Of the vocal talent, I’ll note only Mr. T‘s performance as police officer Earl Devereaux (unknown relation to Blanche) as the role was clearly written with Mr. T in mind. The rest were fine but probably could have been done by anyone, particularly when James Caan as Flint’s father and Neil Patrick Harris as Flint’s monkey were mostly unrecognizable. Still, admirable work by all, and with animation that still managed to impress (check out the realistic work with liquids).
And now a parting rant: I’ve said this before but why oh why are recent animated films (even Monsters v. Aliens) better than most live-action? It’s pathetic! Perhaps it’s lowered expectations or perhaps I have a child-like mentality (quiet, Campos), but still, entertainment is entertainment. And Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a great 90 minutes of entertainment. So what does this mean for you? It means you can go see a great movie and be in and out in no time. And yes, I think Cloudy is worth paying full price in the theater, it was that much fun.
But speaking of children’s movies with appeal to adults, the more I see previews for Where the Wild Things Are the more I think it looks amazing but I still have no desire to see that. What’s the deal?