Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs PosterQuirky backyard inventor Flint Lockwood has a plan to revive his dreary hometown – invent a machine that converts water into food. Unfortunately, his machine needs more electricity than his house can provide, so he hooks the machine up to the town’s power station. When the machine turns into a rocket and destroys the town’s new tourist attraction before disappearing into the sky, Flint thinks his inventing days are over for good – until a colorful storm rolls into town. And suddenly it’s raining cheeseburgers.

Based loosely off of the classic children’s book by the same name, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a fast-paced, brightly-colored story that’s absolutely ridiculous – and that’s precisely what makes it wonderful. The film combines slapstick action, exaggerated characters, and a generous dose of humor in the perfect recipe to bring the far-fetched premise to life.

The Sweet

One of the best things about this film is its refreshing approach to a worn-out theme. Flint is your classic oddball geek with no social graces; no one understands him, including his father. However, instead of proving his father wrong, Flint comes to respect his father and calls on his wisdom for the final victory. Meanwhile, Flint’s father encourages his son to use his talents to do what’s right. The wonderful relationship is very wholesome and a delight to see.

The film has a strong theme of responsibility. Flint is challenged by his father to clean up after his mistakes, while the burly local policeman rallies the town to own up to their part of the disaster. The passionate cop has a warm devotion to his family and a strong desire to protect his son, making him a very admirable masculine character.

In addition to having an enjoyable premise, the film features some expert writing. The story is well-paced and logical despite the ridiculousness, with the dialog and characters being brilliantly done. To sweeten the deal, the movie is surprisingly clean, featuring very little objectionable content.

As the icing on the cake, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has absolutely stunning art. The animation is spectacular; the lovably exaggerated characters fit the mood of the story perfectly, while the bright colors are true eye candy. The rich score completes the picture.

The Sour

The movie isn’t spotless, however. There is a smattering of mild language and some immodesty. Most notably, a young man revisits his time as a baby celebrity by wearing just a diaper for a significant part of the film.

Additionally, there is a romance between Flint and the anchorwoman who comes to televise the food weather. Like the rest of the film, the romance is exaggerated and humorous, making it largely innocent – but there are a few nerdy kissing scenes.

In Conclusion

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a treat to watch not only for the delicious art, but also for the hearty writing. If you’re looking for a film that captures the charm of the original picture book, you aren’t going to find it. This movie is gleefully ridiculous, and it knows it. But if you’re up for some crazy but wholesome fun, grab your umbrella – the weather’s great.

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