Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Comedy Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

This movie was a little bit of a surprise to me.  There have been many times that I have gone to see an animated film in the theaters lately and come out thinking it was a waste of time and money.  As I walked in to see this one I thought “Here we go again”.  As I watched this movie I found myself laughing and actually being entertained. This is not by an means the animated movie of the decade, but to me it was worth the trip to the theaters.

Our movie begins in a town called Swallowfalls. A town that is completely dependent on their sardine canning company. When their sardine company goes under the town takes a grim turn. Odd inventor/science geek Flint Lockwood, voiced by Bill Hader of SNL, takes it upon himself to try and make his little town and the rest of the world a little better.  In his lab, an odd structure towering over his fathers house from the backyard, Flint works day in and day out with the help of his loyal assistant, Steve the monkey.  Flint’s father, voiced by James Caan,  tries to reason with Flint to give up all his crazy inventing and come work with him at his bait and tackle store.  Flint agrees, sort of.  While the greedy town mayor is unveiling his idea to save the town, Flint decides this is the time to break out his new invention. This invention, which is a mouthful in more ways than one, is designed to turn water into food. Things don’t go according to plan, as usual, and the new machine goes out of control destroying the Mayor’s grand ribbon cutting and all being caught on tape by a weather intern, voiced by Anna Faris, and her cameraman, voiced by Benjamin Bratt.  As things progress this move gives a little bit of everything; action, comedy, drama, and a little bit of a love story as well.

Even though this movie focused on the characters of Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks (the weather intern) , it was the smaller supporting characters that seemed to steal the show.  Manny the cameraman, which was actually only one of his many professions, made me laugh each time he was on the screen. The towns rough-and-tough strict police officer, voiced by Mr. T, was an unexpected addition to the movie. These two characters were what kept me laughing when the movie had seemed to take a serious turn.

While this is an animated film, enjoyable for all ages of children, it was also enjoyable on an adult level. There were a number of jokes and situations that were humorous to an adult that a child just would not understand, yet they would not be bored with them.

Overall, I think this movie was is entertaining for a wide age range. I think it has a little something in it for everyone. It is not one that I would go see multiple times in a theater, but I would not be opposed to renting it on DVD.

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