Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Film Review

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Sometimes sequels aren’t as good as they expect to be, however Director’s Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn take the narrative further, giving us something new.

From the first film where Flint Lockwood’s food invention goes haywire, the sequel takes this to another level. The food machine is not yet completely shut down and thus it continues to produce food, in a very interesting way. Lockwood’s inspiration Chester V finds his way to taking advantage of Lockwood’s admiration. By slyly tricking him to believe he has an opportunity to work at the famous LIVE cooperation, Chester V finds a way to get to Flint’s invention and plans take over. As him and his fellow friends take on a journey to finding the invention, they discover that their city has been manifested into food animals. After a few hiccups here and there, Flint realizes his mistake and is on a mission to capture Chester V and its EVIL staff.

The animation is stunning and its clear that thought has gone into the process of creating the characters. From Flamango’s, Cantelope’s, Wildbeat, Crabcake, Hipotatomus to Banastrich, these foodimals are brilliant. You never get bored in the film, and every time you see a new food come alive you become awestruck by how clever the concept is.

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Being a family film, the writers deliberately implement several morals for you to take home with. Friendship is valued, where Flint becomes intertwined in the situation of whether to go with his friends or his idol. And thus, choosing the wrong decision leads to consequences. Though, Flint has the chance to turn the situation around and amends his mistakes. He fights against in what he used to believe in and does anything to save this kingdom and his friends. Teamwork is key, where no matter how different everyone is, you can work together to destroy evil. And of course good always wins against evil. Family is crucial and if fishing with your dad makes him happy, then why not give up some of your time to spend with the people who matter. Last but not least, don’t ever give up. No matter how hard life gets, keep trying, keep inventing, keep practicing and someday it’ll pay off.

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Not only left feeling hungry, the film contains a humorous narrative filled with epic puns and crazy inventions. It’s full of colour and action. Although, you don’t get to see much of his friends, they’re always there for him and have his back. A fun family watch.

My Rating: 8/10
Written by: Meera Darji

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