2013-09-27

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Colorful, Amusing, Forgettable

by Yo Snyder

I thought Cloudy with
a Chance of Meatballs
was enjoyable. Actually, I don’t remember a whole lot
about it, but I do remember being entertained and laughing a few times.
Couldn’t tell you why, exactly, or what it was all about, but I don’t have any
negative feelings associated with it. As I was pondering these things, I
suddenly realized that I didn’t really remember much about the movie I was currently watching, which just so
happened to be Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs 2
. That’s right, they figured out how to make a sequel to a based
on a popular children’s book. However, as I said, the sequel is about as
memorable as the first, which is to say not at all. It’s not bad, it’s
enjoyable, it’s pretty punny, but it’s also just sort of there. An innocuous,
inoffensive, meh-ball of a movie (wow, I’m actually pretty proud of that one).

Basically, Cloudy with
a Chance of Meatballs 2
is a remake of Jurassic
Park
except with dinnersaurs. (Another good one! I’m on a roll!) It’s also
has some elements of King Kong, basically
the part where they go to monster island. In any event, the food invention from
the first movie is now churning out living food animals and it’s up to our
heroes to stop their nefarious plans. That is, if the plans of those foodimals
really are nefarious. It may be the Apple look-alike corporation’s Steve
Jobs-esque leader who is the one with the real nefarious plans. Despite being a
simple children’s movie, I have to say it’s pretty heavy-handed with its “we
must leave nature alone lest we become the true monsters” undertone. There are
also some nice lessons on understanding who our true friends really are and how
important it is to let go and truly forgive those who might be our enemies in
life. In fact, as the film sagely points out, some of those enemies may be
converted into our most stalwart and loyal friends. Plus, watching this movie
will likely make you very hungry…and happy that your food can’t bite back.

Cloudy with a Chance
of Meatballs 2
has the same zany, manic energy of the first film, the same
wacky, punny sense of humor, and the same sense that there’s the flimsiest of
stories here upon which all the action and comedy is being hung upon. But
again, it’s not bad, it puts a smile on your face, and it’s a completely
innocuous, inoffensive good time. Plus, my kids absolutely loved it (something
about food also being cute animals being a really winning combination for
them), so it definitely connects with its target audience. I personally
couldn’t remember much about it after I left the theater, or even why anything
was actually happening while I was in the theater, but it was an enjoyable
enough way to pass some time with the family that I did leave amused and
content. I would say, however, that with such a delightfully colorful film that
doesn’t really do much of interest with the 3D, you’re better off seeing it in
the full brightness of an undimmed screen rather than darkening anything with
those 3D glasses.

Score: 5 of 7 – My
kids really liked it, so that bumped up the score from the 4 I might otherwise
have given it. At most I found it mildly amusing, but amusing nonetheless.
There’s some very minor potty humor, but overall, it’s a fine film for the
whole family.