Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Too many puns.
When I reviewed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, my main fear and concern was how they were going to approach a second film, having an already solid plot completely covered in the first film. It wasn’t only that, but there were certain messages that they couldn’t just repeat, because it would make the first one more or less pointless. So I watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 with absolutely no expectations nor knowledge of what it was about. What did I think about it? Ehh…mostly I think they never needed to make it, and that it was repetitive and predictable…but hey – maybe that’s just me.
“CWACOM2” starts off right where the last one left off, with Sam and Flint kissing. Seriously, someone could stitch the two together and make one long movie. Anyways, we were also left with an island covered in food, and that needed to get cleaned up. So, when Flint’s childhood hero pops around offering to clean up, he sends the people of the island to California to start anew. However, his childhood icon has something evil lurking in a secret agenda. Soon, Flint and the gang travel back to the island to find it completely taken over by “foodimals” in a Jurassic Park-like situation. His job is to end the insanity and return the island back to normal, but it might not be that simple.
Hmm, okay, I can see what they did. It does make sense in terms of story progression, but the tones are completely different. One thing I praised the first film for having was a consistent tone throughout the movie. I can…almost say the same about the second one, but for being two films in the same series, they shouldn’t have such an overt shift in tone. You can have two movies in the same series be about two completely different things – yet still have the same or similar tones. I may be alone in my thinking here, but I don’t think the tones were anywhere near each other. The animation was, the acting was, but the story and tones were too farfetched for me to accept. What was the main difference? That Jurassic Park stuff, which is an incredibly important part of the movie.
When I say that Jurassic Park stuff, I’m talking about turning a movie that’s about self-discovery into an adventure fantasy – two very different movies. I’m also talking about the millions of animal food creatures, which paved way for just about every possible food pun you can possibly think of. Seriously, there are way too many food puns…it’s just repetitive and annoying…and quite honestly, not all that funny. I’m getting too ahead of myself though, because all I am doing is comparing the two, which is not the kind of critic I like to consider myself. Instead, I’ll ask myself how the movie is on its own.
It’s true, the movie does better on its own versus a comparison, which is good. However, it still isn’t safe. This is still a kid’s movie, and instead of focusing on important messages like the first one, it focuses on – colors, lights, animation, physical humor, and cute creatures to keep a kid satisfied. What that does is it completely removes the entertainment factor for the whole family. Adults really won’t care for this film as they would for the first one. Those stupid “cute” foodimals where practically the same thing as the Minions in Despicable Me, and that upset me. First for its unoriginality, and secondly for not even realizing that the Minions in general were overused and over-promoted.
It’s still an animated feature and will have your kids glued to your screen. If your kids are bugging you, just play this movie and they’ll clamber down.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 simply falls victim to countless other animated flicks…made just to give a kid a quick laugh instead of being an entertaining adventure for the whole family.
Earl Devereaux: [as a tear runs down his cheek] It’s enough to make a grown man cry. But not this man! Get back in there, tear!
[Sucks tear back into eye]