Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Protagonist and his hilarious looking father

Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
Writers: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
(Based on Judi and Ron Barrett’s book of the same name)
Released: 2009

Animated films have been growing in popularity because of the flexibility and ability to create elaborate sets. Fantastic films have been made thanks to the advanced technology now available from Toy Story 3 to Megamind to this film; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Bill_Hader_in_CloudyI was skeptical at first as it seemed like a silly and random storyline. However, after watching it from start to finish I found that the humour was similar to that of Megamind (one of my favourite animations) and the fantasy element like the 2009 animation Coraline.

It was the crazy gestures and facial expressions which I thought was the funniest element. Particularly the main character’s father who simply had a monobrow, a nose and a mustache. The creativity was pretty awesome in regards to the natural disasters formed by food, as well as the colour and realistic food which made me want to eat a hamburger so badly (despite being a vegetarian, so that shows how far graphics have come these days!).cloudywithachanceofmeatballs-sequel

Typically there are mostly stereotyped characters, but that wasn’t really a surprise for a film which is targeting a younger audience. Having said that, these animations (with Toy Story 3 in mind) aren’t boring for the older viewers – cartoons are not just for kids any more.

cloudyIt was a simple storyline, however. Despite me trying to look deeper – perhaps it’s a stab at genetic modification or corporations wanting to rule the world or global warming – I found it lacked substance. Plus, the ‘absolute low’ in this film lasted as long as a blink. Not very much suspense at all. Perhaps it really was just a film with a tired moral of “not giving up on your dreams”… *sigh*

Cloudy-With-a-ChanceIt’s an easy-to watch film which is pretty funny (not as funny as Megamind) and fantastical (not as fantastical as Coraline) with a typical “they all lived happily ever after” ending.

Somewhat disappointing but perhaps my hopes were too high.

Jodie’s rating: 6.5/10

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About Jodie (NZ Film Freak)

I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. I enjoy writing on my blog about films and songs, plus the odd random thought. Currently working as a writer in UK. Follow me on Twitter @NZFilmFreak and like my Facebook page NZ Film Freak. Follow my travels around the world www.jodiehart.co.nz
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5 Responses to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

  1. Popeye says:

    Fair review there. I enjoy animated features a lot, but found the premise of it ‘raining’ food harder to overcome than walking-talking toys (ala Toy Story). I just kept thinking, ‘well. what are they going to drink?’ – given it wasn’t raining Coke (perhaps they couldn’t get a soft drink firm to sponsor the movie and come on as a ‘preferred supporter’).
    As an aging rocker, I’d give the movie 4/10. But that’s only cause I love hamburgers.
    Have you watched Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner?

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