Like month old ham it leaves a bad taste.
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, et al.
Directors: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
Runtime: 95 minutes
Plot: (Taken from IMDb) Flint Lockwood now works at the Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. but he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a surprisingly good film (helmed by the Lego Movie guys) when it came out, so unsurprisingly enough they made a sequel (different directors this time however). The results didn’t quite work this time however as we are given an overdone film that relies too much on its animation whizz-bangery.
Plot-wise, this film picks up pretty much where the first one left off, but gone is the story that sees a young man find himself and finally coming to terms with his dad while finding love, friends and fame. This time we see Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) trying to live up to his idol, Chester V. (Will Forte). This plot is fairly good, but it doesn’t carry the same emotional weight as was found in the first film, but it is in the rest of the film where we are let down.
Surrounding the message of idols are nothing on family and friends is a strange thing, Lockwood’s machine that made food in the first film is spewing out its own ecosystem of life on to an island – where we spend the majority of the film – this is fine, and it leads to fun designs and jokes; “there’s a leek on the boat!”. This also leads on to what are my major grievances with the film.
Firstly and most importantly, the plot just doesn’t really make that much sense to me. SPOILER ALERT: Why would they all be so shocked that these “animals” made of food are being turned into, you guessed it, food? This pretty much becomes the whole point to the film, and it is just stupid, everyone should be happy that there is an inexhaustible food supply; indeed, this place could become something of a big deal, with these food animals (something like Jurassic Park) that would constantly be there for the benefits of the human race. But no. They don’t get it. And this annoys me.
Secondly, they keep on repeating what wasn’t funny in the first film. Lockwood’s machine’s acronym. It didn’t make sense in the first film and they still say it wrong in the second, over and over and over. I mean, why would they say it wrong in the first place, then decide to repeat the same mistake over and over.
In fact, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is just not that funny. It tries, oh how it tries, but the zip from the first film is gone as is the wit. Sure we get a few funny moments, but I was expecting better from this. Kids would find the film funny however, perhaps not to the same level as the first one, but there is definitely enough to enjoy in this for little ones to enjoy.
The best moments in this film come from its fantastic animation. Every character is rubbery, and the animators really had fun here. Indeed, if the animation itself wasn’t so fun and lively, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs would have no redeeming factors.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs doesn’t feel fresh, exciting or clever. It’s lively and colourful, kids will have a good time, but anyone over the age of twelve may find themselves a tad bored by the predictable proceedings. It’s a shame, as the first film does not deserve a shoddy follow-up.
Lively, predictable and all a bit one-note, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a pointless sequel.