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New Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

September 18, 2009


It is always pleasant when a film takes you by surprise with how much you enjoy it. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the first film this year that I really wasn’t expecting much but found myself laughing louder than anyone else in the theater. Taking my son to see the film on his last day of being 11, both of us left the theater raving with how much we enjoyed it.

The animated 3D film stars the voice talents of Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Caan as Tim Lockwood and a great list of other voices including Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt, Al Roker, Lauren Graham…well you get the idea.

Based on the children’s novel, Cloudy follows Flint on his journey to be a scientist but also just to make his dad proud of him. Living in a small town on an island, Sam Sparks rolls into town to cover the sardine park unveiling. As her first real weather reporter assignment, Sparks has her debut ruined by Flint. The two quickly join forces though when his failure turns into a pretty good weather story – its raining food. But Flint’s dad questions Flint’s new scheme while the rest of the town and eventually world embrace the concept. The scheming Mayor says it best when he asks Flint what he would rather have – one dad’s approval or the devotion of thousands of acquaintances?

Cloudy embraces its rather cheesy state (er, nacho cheese fountain to be exact) and with comedic actors Hader and Faris as the leads allows for kids and adults to find plenty to enjoy. NPH did a great job keeping me laughing with quick one-liners as Steve the monkey.

Movie geeks may especially appreciate the nod to many other films such as “Star Wars” and a bunch of disaster films including “Twister” and “Independence Day.”And evil Gummi Bears on the wing of the plane were the perfect nod to “Twilight Zone.”

As for the 3D, while I am still not a fan of the onslaught of films embracing the technology fad, Sony’s first attempt with their new digital software was actually quite impressive. The images were crisp, and the effect actually stunning at certain times (like a simple shot of the ocean that made it feel as if the waves were rolling out into the theater). Unlike other 3D films I have seen this year, I didn’t feel slightly nauseauted or that the effect was wasted. If you are going to see a film in 3D, this is the one I would recommend.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2011 7:03 am

    I also really loved the film:) So much so, I brought a copy in BAli!

  2. September 23, 2009 12:52 am

    I looking forward to seeing this; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has to be the best children’s books of all time

  3. September 19, 2009 8:42 am

    I also had no expectations and really enjoyed the movie. Check it out.

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