Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Mr. T, Andy Samberg, and Bruce Campbell.
Plot: Ever since he was a little boy, Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) has always wanted to be an inventor. He’s tried everything from spray on shoes to a hair de-balder. As he gets older he becomes somewhat more scientific and with the help of his talking monkey, Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), Flint plans on making a device that will turn water into food. He hopes this will help his small town since they’ve only had types of fish to eat for so long. His dad, voiced by James Caan, doesn’t aprove of Flint’s behavior and feels that he needs to come work for him and have a real job. When Flint’s device doesn’t work he figures that if he uses more power it will work. After using power from the power lines his machine causes chaos in the small town then shoots up in the air to where it cannot be seen. The machine starts to work from all the power and it starts to rain down any food order Flint puts in for everyone in the town to enjoy. But the machine starts to use to much power and the food starts to get a lot bigger and that’s not a good thing for the town.
Breakdown: I had the pleasure of seeing this movie in IMAX 3D and I have to say that that only made the movie look even better. The movie looks spectacular the visuals are wonderful. Everytime a different food rained down from the sky I wanted to have it for lunch. This movie stays fairly faithful to the book that its based off of. That book wasn’t very long and the movie had to add a lot to it but it still reminded me of reading the story as a kid. Also the voice acting here is top notch and everyone does a great job.
Performances: The voice cast here is great. Bill Hader really gets into his role and you can tell just by his voice that he had a lot of fun doing it. Anna Faris is also good as a cute sort of love interest for Flint. She’s a newsreporter that’s been having a hard time lately but gets her big break when Flint’s machine finally works. All of the supporting cast does great too. Everyone including Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, and even Mr. T all do great work.
Overall: Overall I would say that the studio made a winner out of this one. Great voice work, good story, and amazing visuals will please the kids and it will definitely please adults as well.