Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 review

Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Bill Hader
Anna Faris
James Caan
Terry Crews
Chester V
Rated: PG

Sometimes with animated movie sequels you get really great films, that didn’t exactly happen with “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.”

The sequel to the 2009 film that was inspired by a children’s book, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” starts off immediately after the first film ended. Once again the movie follows inventor Flint Lockwood (Hader), who was responsible for the machine that produced food that blanketed an entire island.

The new film introduces Chester V (Forte), a rich inventor who is Lockwood’s idol. Chester hires Lockwood at his company and things seem to be going fine until it’s found out that the food on the island has started to evolve and actually become sentient beings.

To clean up the problem Chester sends Lockwood and his friends to back to the island to clean up the mess, but Chester could be plotting something more sinister.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” has the feeling of a total cash grab. The story felt like the writers made it up as they went along. This is the type of situation where if you don’t have a great premise or well thought out story for a sequel, then don’t make a sequel.

Most of the voice actors return, except for Mr. T whose character, who was replaced by Terry Crews (but honestly i couldn’t tell the difference.) For the most part the voice acting is just OK, more or less, the characters just don’t have much to do.

The only real development the story has with its characters is “friendship is important,” and it comes across as rather bland. Chester V is also really quite lame as an antagonist, too.

The humor is all very low, most of it being a long running series of food/animal puns. It never stops. There are a few jokes that are fairly funny in the movie, but it was like finding a needle in a stack of below average gags.

The animation was fine, like the last movie. The movie keeps its rather unique style which does in fact give the movie its own identity and the look doesn’t come off as another brick in the wall.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” isn’t bad, it’s just flawed, mainly because it was a movie that didn’t feel like it needed to be made. Comparing it to great animated sequels like “Toy Story 2” and “Kung Fu Panda 2,” this one just doesn’t hold up at all.

The character arcs, story, humor and even message are all rather below average. 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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