Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 review – The food’s alive!

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Pixar is known for producing a lot of high-quality CG-animated family films, so whenever I see another studio also doing CG animation, I’m usually skeptical. One of these movies that I was iffy about was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Well, that film turned out to be one of my favorite animated films. With it being a success at the box office and with the fans and critics, a sequel was inevitable.

In the first movie, Flint Lockwood and his friends had to prevent his invention, the FLDSMDFR (try saying that three times), from dropping giant food from the sky. In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the gang will have to stop the spread of Foodimals, Foodimals, which are living food with characteristics and features from different animals. For example, there’s giant spider creature made from burgers and fries.

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Most of the actors and actresses are back. We have Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, Neil Patrick Harris as the monkey Steve, James Caan as Flint’s father, Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, and more. Fan-favorite Mr. T won’t be returning as Earl Devereaux, but Terry Crews does a great job in his absence. New characters include the villain, Chester V, and the cute strawberry named Barry. The cast mostly do a solid job with the script given.

The visuals are nice, and the 3D is good (CG-animated movies usually are). The world of the Foodimals reminds me of Jurassic Park when Alan Grant first sees the dinosaurs moving in herds. The Foodimals include a giant taco beast, a cute strawberry, shrimpanzees, marshmallows, leeks, cucumbers and more.

There are some fun moments and laughs to be had, but sometimes the jokes fall flat (yeah, I’m referring to the leek on a boat joke). My main issue is with the actual story. The discovery of the Foodimals isn’t as grand as I would like it to be. The characters’ journey to stopping the FLDSMDFR has been done before, and I never once felt any tension. The villain, Chester V, is a one-dimensional villain, and every time we would cut to his scenes, I was waiting for it to go back to Flint and his crew.

Although Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 isn’t able to capture the awe and wonder of the first movie, I was still entertained and enjoyed seeing the cast return. As for families out there, bring them all along, as it should be an entertaining journey for kids. I have a feeling that they are going to eat up Barry (yes, pun intended).

Grade: B-

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