Sunday 27 October 2013

Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

World of Blackout Film Review

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 Poster

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (2D)
Cert: U / 95 mins / Dir. Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn

Very little to say about this one, really. If you've seen the first Cloudy, you'll know pretty much what what you're getting, and the film takes that expectation and delivers nicely. It's very funny, it's very sweet, and there's enough going on to keep the kids and the adults engaged throughout.

Outstanding animation and excellently cast (and performed) voicework already put it above the other animated movie that's out at the moment, but it never quite reaches the level of greatness you feel it's aiming at. The themes are all painted very broadly and there's little in the way of subtext, but the fast-paced script and number of visual gags will make re-watching a lot of fun for quite some time.

It may rely quite heavily on puns, but Cloudy…2 has a sense of joy that's quite infectious. The film doesn't take itself too seriously, and as a result lacks the full-on emotional manipulation we're used to in this genre (a welcome change, if I'm being honest). If there was ever an animated movie which seemed happy to be classified as 'a cartoon', this is it. Enjoy.

Is the trailer representative of the film?

Did I laugh, cry, gasp and sigh when I was supposed to?
I did.

Does it achieve what it sets out to do?
I think it does.

Pay at the cinema, Rent on DVD or just wait for it to be on the telly?
That will depend on how eager you are to see it, ultimately.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?

Will I watch it again?
I will.

Is there a Wilhelm Scream?
There IS.

And because you won't be happy until I've given it a score...

And my question for YOU is…
Bill Hader is excellent as Flint Lockwood in the 'Cloudy' movies, but do you think he's got the heft to be the lead in live-action comedies?

• ^^^ That's dry, British humour, and most likely sarcasm or facetiousness.
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