Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Made Me Hungry

But that’s beside the point. I mean, I could go on and on about how the commendable quality of the film’s animation made the food and the “food-imals” (will explain this later) that appear in it incredibly tantalising. Thank goodness I had a bag of popcorn and a hotdog to satisfy myself.

Anywho, tonight I went to see this Sony-produced comic science fiction film and actually went through a wave of emotions throughout the 95-minute 3D experience.

At first, I was put off by the weird characters and over-the-top slapstick humour, then I grew bored with the laggy pace of the story, soon after I warmed up to the sheer ridiculousness of what I was watching and it ended with more than a few chuckles by the end of the show.

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Here’s a quick synopsis of Cloudy 2: it continues right after the first film, where a food-making machine (the “FLDSMDFR”) gets out of control but its creator, young inventor Flint, and his friends eventually manage to stop it. In the sequel, Flint and his friends are forced to leave their home town. But when the food machine that Flint created awakens once more, this time producing sentient food beasts (in other words, “food-imals”), they must return to save the world.

I was pretty enamoured by certain aspects of the film’s humour because a lot of the jokes involved food puns. For example, there was a scene where Flint and company sail through their hometown, which at this point has turned into a literal food jungle, and are stunned by all the strange food beasts around them (from giant dinosaur-like vegetables to small crawling fruits to tiny buzzing mosqui-toasts). There was food pun after food pun, and they never really got old.

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The animation is definitely worthy of note and added character to the film in such a way that suited its oddball nature. I mean, it wasn’t exactly jaw-dropping but it wasn’t Croods-level hideous either.  

The characters in Cloudy 2 aren’t exactly memorable, except maybe a tiny, painfully-adorable sentient strawberry (creatively called Berry) that befriends Flint and company. I didn’t really care about any of them though, and was actually surprised by how useless some of them were, like they were mere props meant to stir up some slapstick whenever things got a bit dull. 

Oh, one thing I’d like to point out is that the film’s villain, who wants to use Flint’s food-making machine for his own use, reminds me of Steve Jobs for some reason. I can’t quite put my finger on why but… he just does.

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I think the storyline is what lacked the most. I understand that the underlying premise of the film is that Flint and his friends must destroy the FLDSMDFR machine, but at certain points I kind of forgot about it because the pace slowed down near the halfway point and was punctuated by “fluff” scenes that added nothing to the plot. I think the creators knew that there wasn’t much of a solid storyline to begin with so they hid this fact by stuffing brainless humour in-between major scenes to distract us.

I’ve never seen the first Cloudy film but, according to several major reviewers, the sequel doesn’t quite live up to it. But hey, at the end of the day, Cloudy 2 is meant to be a family-fun movie and I think it succeeds. So if you’re planning on watching something completely harmless or spending some quality time with your kids, I’d recommend giving Cloudy 2 a chance. 

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