Review – Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Poster for 2013 animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Genre: Animation
Certificate: U
UK Release Date: 25th October 2013
Runtime: 95 minutes
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Writer: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja  
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris 
Synopsis: Flint Lockwood and his friends return to their hometown and find that it has been overrun by food/animal mutants.

 

 

The first Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs film was an awful lot of fun. It was packed with cheap puns that really worked, the characters were charming and there was a real emotional development alongside the wacky story. So, with a bucketload of puns in place, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 rode the runaway train of inevitability into being… and it’s not very good at all.

Inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his best friend Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) are sent away from Swallow Falls whilst the destruction caused by the FLDSMDFR is restored and fixed by renowned inventor Chester V (Will Forte). But when problems arise, Chester maliciously sends Flint into the wilderness to find the FLDSMDFR himself.

It’s important for me to make clear from the start that Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is not a terrible film. If you’ve got kids, it’s a perfectly serviceable animated comedy with a solid line in food-based puns and the youngsters will have a great time.

However, the problem is that, if you aren’t five years old and blinded by pretty pictures of food animals, then Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is an enormous disappointment.

The biggest issue is not the plot, the solid voice performances or the perfectly serviceable script, but the complete lack of any character development.

The first film was as much about father-son relationships as it was about anything else, and there was a real emotional arc with Flint and his father, as well as his burgeoning relationship with Sam. Both are absent from this sequel and replaced by generic hero-villain mumbo jumbo.

Supporting characters who were great fun first time round are thrown to the sidelines and the interesting Apple satire of the central villainous organisation never really goes anywhere.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is much more a collection of ideas than an actual cohesive movie, with nothing actually gelling into place. It’s very unlikely that we’ll be seeing Flint and his friends again, but if we do, let’s hope something actually happens.

 

Pop or Poop?

Rating: Poop!

In a year of truly fantastic animated movies like Wreck-It Ralph and Despicable Me 2, the team behind Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 had to produce something amazing to match up.

Unfortunately, what they came up with was a slightly dull, only sporadically amusing movie that did absolutely nothing with its array of very interesting characters. The outlook for a sequel is, well… cloudy.

 

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