Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Family
  • Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
  • Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Neil Patrick Harris, James Caan, Benjamin Bratt, Terry Crews, Will Forte


After the disastrous food storm in the first film, Flint and his friends are forced to leave the town. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. When Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees and apple pie-thons, he and his friends must return to save the world.

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  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was a pleasant surprise back in 2009, with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord – before they hit the big-time with 21 Jump Street (2012), it’s sequel 22 Jump Street (2014) and The Lego Movie (2014) – taking a rather ridiculous premise based on a slim children’s story and making it both hilarious and supremely inventive. It was a story that was wrapped up nicely as not to require a sequel, but with box-office success comes the inevitable follow-up. Miller and Lord lampooned the whole idea of sequels with 22 Jump Street, but decided against helming the next chapter in Flint Lockwood’s eccentric world, which makes it all the more surprising that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is even more delightful than the first.

    With the town of Swallow Falls engulfed by giant food as a result of the events from the first film, Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), his girlfriend Sam (Anna Faris), his father Tim (James Caan), and the rest of his fellow townsfolk are relocated to California by inventor and TV personality Chester V (Will Forte) while the place is cleaned up. Flint, Chester’s biggest fan, is invited to work at Live Corp., where he will be allowed to work on his crazy inventions undisturbed in the hope of landing a permanent job. His ‘celebrationator’ creation falls flat, but Flint is still summoned by Chester to be informed that the search-parties back in Swallow Falls have gone missing, and the place is now overrun by giant cheeseburger spiders.

    The cheespiders are just one of many delightful and bonkers ‘foodimals’ in the film, others of which include shrimpanzees, tacodiles and watermelophants. They’re the type of physics-dodging nonsense a child would come up with while bashing plastic figures together, so no doubt children will love them. Adults too, will no doubt get a certain kick out of temporarily switching off the logical side of the brain and turning up the nostalgic side. It’s also beautiful to look at, in a hyperactive, blink-or-you’ll-miss-it sort of way, with the sheer volume of these bizarre creatures darting in and out of the picture providing a feast for the eyes, and the cheespiders proving to be somehow terrifying and cute at the same time.

    Above all, it’s laugh-out-loud funny and relentlessly chaotic, and there’s probably a ‘message’ in there somewhere as well. Not that the film is too concerned with preaching morals and not that the audience will call for it; it’s too busy being exhaustively entertaining for all that. The returning acting talent (although Terry Crews replaces Mr. T as super-ripped cop Earl Devereaux) is uniformly excellent, and newcomer Forte, along with some loopy character design, helps turn Chester V into a charismatic and ever-bending (literally) super-creep. Like a packet of sweets, it can be like a sugar overdose at times, but you’ll most likely keep on eating and feel buzzed for a short time afterwards.

    Rating: 4/5

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