Guest BabbleOn reviewer: Travis Wimer
This delicious film tantalizes the theatre taste buds and satisfies the yearning for a good flick. Flint Lockwood is probably the most delusional nerd and probably the most pathetic. As an adult he still prances about like a child pretending to be a scientific genius and is still concocting inventions in his parent’s backyard. One such invention, which isn’t in the book, is a machine that turns water vapor into food. After an experiment gone wrong, Flint accidentally launches his machine high above the town. Soon it begins raining food and he becomes the town hero. From there, the problems begin to mount as citizens start making requests and the machine begins to act a little peculiar.
What makes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs so enjoyable is that it doesn’t take itself seriously, yet provides the same creative force as Pixar’s Up. The movie could have easily tackled some very serious issues such as famine, global warming, gluttony, and the economic downturn, but chooses to gloss over all those things to simply tell a fun tale about food and finding the courage to be true to one’s self. Of course it is evident the producers had a great story concept, that of food falling from the sky, and tried to cram a character driven story into it. And they do a pretty good job at it. The last part of the movie has just as much suspense and adventure as a high budgeted action film.
The film is stunning in 3D. With plenty of aerial shots and food splattering all over the town, director Chris Miller and Phil Lord took full advantage of their 3D arsenal. Even without 3D the movie is filled with visual delights. At times the background has just as many gags, as the foreground.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs serves up a tasty dessert more so than a succulent steak. And no matter the age, a yummy dessert is always greatly desired now and then.
I give it 4 out of 5 Babbles
Thank you Travis for your BabbleOn contribution!