Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Running Time: 95 mins
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is an American film and the sequel to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. In this adventure, Flint Lockwood is sent back to his home by a his idol Chester V to recover the FLDSMDFR, however he must decide whether he can trust his friends to help him on the adventure of a lifetime.
This may be a sequel, or I may have just watched the exact same film again. To be honest, it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between this and its predecessor, because the whole atmosphere is identical, the jokes and characters remain the same, meaning it’s just as good as the first one.
One thing that I do like about this series is the way that it accepts how over the top and ridiculous its premise is and takes the mick completely out of it. Here, it takes everything totally stupid about the first film, and puts exactly the same level of idiocy into this one, in order to create the same sort of entertainment level.
Of course, you’ve got to love the animation in this film, making everything seem like play-dough, and that does lend a very fun and happy atmosphere to it, but one thing I did notice about this film was that it wasn’t actually as fun as the first one.
In effect, the first movie is just an hour and a half of total chaos, where the food bomb is just going off every second, firing at you, but in this film, it’s a much slower paced and clichéd storyline, as well as being unbelievably predictable, and that really doesn’t feel at all as fun.
However, one thing it does to better than the first is its individual jokes. Where it loses out on overall atmosphere and fun, it really gains in some pockets of humour, which are a lot more developed and interesting than the stupidity of some of the stuff in the first film.
Overall, though, I’ll give this a 6.0, the same as the first, because it was an almost identical, predictable, and stupid film that’s only occasionally fun and funny to watch.