How about with hot fudge? Oh you’ve heard it before? Well..How about with a sentient strawberry with big green eyes that also poops jam? And billions of food puns? You’ll need to have quite an appetite for the overdosingly sweet and cutesy cutesy, but ride out the spaghetti storm and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 will not leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
It’s every food-loving child’s (or unashamed child at heart’s) favourite film franchise..ABOUT FOOD. Get ready for the sugar rush of your life as your eyes feast on Sony Pictures Animation’s deliciousness, in glorious gut-busting 3D.
With all your favourites from last time: Flint Lockwood, Sam Sparks, Steve, Tim Lockwood, ‘Baby’ Brent McHale and Officer Earl Devereax (sadly, no macaroni head man…) and some really demonic looking pickles, Cloudy 2 picks up directly from where we left the gang – in the tasty, post-apocalyptic chaos of Swallow Falls.
Soon after leaving Flint discovers that the FLSMDFR (Flint Lockwood’s Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator) is still functioning and creating delightfully imaginative mutant foodimals like Shrimpanzies, toastitoes and Hippotatomus! Armed with his friends he returns to Swallow Falls to find and shut down the FLSMDFR and, of course, save the world.
With a plot engaging for both adults and kids alike there are plenty of good laugh out loud moments, silliness is the name of the game! However there are some deeper themes that emerge occasionally as Flint deals with his bullied past, how he chooses a role model, the choice of studying the foodimals or destroying them and how he values his friendships.
All the lessons and trials he faces are served up in a way that differs from the deeply moving and heartstring pulling Pixaresque films out there and instead goes for a light hearted approach that still hits hard. Without the need of nearly killing off the whole cast in a blazing inferno. (No, I’m still not over Toy Story 3!!!)
With most of the original cast from the first film, (save Terry Crews replacing MR.T as Officer Earl) Bill Hader, Anna Faris and James Caan effortlessly glide back into character and bring to life the animation on screen. The dialogue is fast paced and mirrors the constant slap-stick and flamboyant gesticulations escalating in the fantastic food fight finale.
The design of the characters and their erratic movements, extreme facial expressions and adventures with the foodimals are highly amusing and even go as far as to reflect films gone by. Like the huge behemoth spring onions that mimic the brontosaurus scene from Jurassic Park.
All in all I would definitely urge all of who have not yet seen this film to do so, (and buy the DVD of part 1!) as it is a film I will be carrying with me in my imagination and heart alongside the original. For me, a self-confessed foodie and lover of cute I was completely obliged to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and love every spoonful of it.