Release date: September 27, 2013
Directed by: Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron
Screenplay by: Erica Rivinoja
Official website: www.cloudy-movie.com
There are a lot of unnecessary sequels to unnecessary movies but one thing that's a given is that if an animated movie is even remotely successful, it's guaranteed a sequel. Here comes "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2", a fairly clever, but never really all that funny sequel to the 2009 original, which itself was adapted from the children's book by Judy and Ron Barrett.
The sequel picks up where the original left off, with its heroes Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) celebrating their victory over Flint's invention gone wrong, the Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator -- or FLDSMDFR for short. The FLDSMDFR continues to replicate food, which attracts Flint's hero and world famous scientist Chester V, who vows to save the town of Swallow Falls and recruits Flint to join The Live Corp Company, helping him to realize his lifelong dream.
But the crazy thing is, the FLDSMDFR, is doing more than producing over-sized portions of food, it's creating life in the form of Tacodiles and other fairly creative animal/food combination creatures and Chester V. is convinced they are poised to escape and over run the rest of the world.
And that setup is about as fun as it gets. Most of the jokes are rehashed jokes from the first movie. Some of the best jokes come from Flint's talking monkey, Steve (Neil Patrick Harris). The rest are good for one laugh early on, but tend to get a little stale after they are repeated over and over.
The animation is great, the creatures created by the FLDSMDFR will entertain the little ones, but it will be a miracle if they are able to focus on one thing for so long. There's already so much going on in every scene, but it's made worse by the fact that every single character bounces around spastically in every scene. If your kid doesn't have A.D.D. going into this movie, you're likely to need a prescription for ritalin on your way out.
Much of the cast from the original returns, with Terry Crews replacing Mr. T as the over zealous town cop, Earl Devereaux. While they are entertaining in their respective roles, what little life they are able to bring to the characters this time around is drowned out by the fact that the script offers a driving plot that is far too similar to the first movie.
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" is a somewhat fun sequel that is more likely to appeal to younger audiences, but older kids and parents might find themselves yawning and looking at their watch from the get go.
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