Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 picks up where the first film left off with our hero Flint Lockwood trying to make the world a better place with his inventions, only this time he’s trying to land a job working for his idol Chester V. Flint gets the opportunity to work for Chester V only to find out later that the motivations for him landing the job weren’t quite what he thought…
Flint finds himself back on his hometown island and learns that the invention that brought him fame (and ultimately a device he thought he had destroyed) is still working and has transformed the island into something of a reservation for new breeds of creatures based on different types of food. Fun! He also learns that his hero Chester isn’t quite the person he portrays himself to be and that his intentions aren’t exactly admirable.
This is obviously a movie geared towards kids but that adults will be able to enjoy as well. Cloudy 2 has a lot of the silly humor that the first film featured along with a storyline that’s nothing new but does what it’s supposed to do in terms of getting the audience through the plot points as it should. Yes, there’s a happy ending of course with the good guys winning and the bad guys getting their due. The dialog is written well and has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments along with some emotional moments.
The design and animation is a blast with some great animation and beautiful visuals. My favorites were the food creatures like the taco dinosaur and the hamburger spider monster. Good stuff.
The actors were all great lending their vocal talents to their 3D animated counterparts. The lineup includes Bill Hader and Anna Faris returning in their roles as Flint and Sam alongside James Caan, Andy Sawberg, Neil Partick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal and Will Forte as Chester V (who seems to be somewhat modeled after both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates).
If you have kids or not and enjoy fun 3D animated films, there’s a good chance you like this one…
reviewed by Sean McKnight