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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Prepare to get served.
Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must scramble to avert disaster. Can he regain control of the machine and put an end to the wild weather before the town is destroyed?
Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s adaptation of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was something of a revelation back in 2009. Produced by Sony it looked like it would turn out to be another lacklustre animated feature for the family that couldn’t possibly compare with the then peerless Pixar. However, rather than attempting to beat Pixar at their own game, Lord and Miller, created a very different family film, one that was deliriously silly, frenetic and surreal as Flint Lockwood, a failed local inventor, creates a machine that causes food-based meteorological phenomena. Soon his sleepy town is a new tourist hotspot but his invention and fame come at a price.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is frankly ridiculous. From…
Driving! Entering! Renting! Driving Back! Activating microwave popcorn! Waiting!
Dinging! Pouring! Sitting! Watching! Enjoying! Cheering! Laughing! Crying!
My four year old daughter could have thought this up.
And I mean that in the best way possible.
I can't think of a single thing wrong with this movie.
The story is unique and told exceptionally well. The screenplay is a masterclass in set-ups and pay-offs. The characters are all fully developed with their own traits, personalities, goals, and fears, and pretty much everyone is likable. Every joke works. This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. The animation is stunning, and the blu-ray presentation is nothing short of magnificent. This is one of most colorful movies ever made. It's always visually interesting and creative. The voice acting is just perfect, and Mr. T steals the show. Yes, I said Mr. T. But above all, the movie has a heart and soul not frequently found outside of Pixar, and I'm not speaking only of animation.
My appetite for exceptional cinema has been sated.
This is the best film I've ever seen from Sony Pictures Animation. Once I warmed up to the many updates and additions necessary to stretch out the much-revered children's book to feature length, this tale of an inventor who becomes a hero in his hometown when he designs a machine that can turn water into food quickly became a solid visual feast with a well-conceived screenplay supporting it. The voice talents are impeccable, from Bill Hader and Anna Faris as the inventor Flint and meteorologist Sam, to supporting players James Caan, Mr. T and Neil Patrick Harris. The animation is superb, and the dialogue crackles with zingers like "You've heard of meteor showers, but I'll bet you've never heard of showers meatier than this." Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a wild, fast-paced, inventive ride with an obvious but well integrated message about greed and the age-old warning against meddling with mother nature
"Come on, Steve. We have diem to carpe."
The most underrated movie of all time. I think the reason why is because so much of the humor is very subtle and sort of in the background. Like when the mayor announces sardine tourism and it shows a bunch of pictures of grey, drab buildings. Or when the newscaster says "Cute story" and the banner on the TV says "Otters get wet." Or when they reference "Eraserhead" with the man-eating chicken (it probably wasn't a reference, I'm just projecting). Or when Earl kisses Cal right after he throws up and he gets a little puke mustache. All of this comes together, along with fantastic animation and a hefty amount of feels, to create a masterpiece of modern animation.
Also, this will sound pretentious as fuck, but this film has fantastic frame composition.
OH. MY. GOD.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can do no wrong.
The animation here is dazzling and the voice of Anna Faris is a most perfect fit.
The writing is surprisingly hilarious and sometimes moving.
I also may have shed a tear within the first three minutes.
Lord and Miller are officially my heroes.
Didn't see it through till the end. A stupid concept which was predictable and left me thinking that whoever thought this concept up should be banned from making a sequel (oh wait they did!) Why why why ruin brilliant kids films with your dump animation stories.
Absurdly funny and extremely charming. If I'd have seen this before The Lego Movie, I doubt I'd have been so surprised by how good it turned out to be. I seem to love everything these guys do.
Very cool animated flick that doesn't really aim as high as Pixar in terms of quality, but doesn't need to. All the food gags seem to work the entire length of the film. And this is easily the best bunch of voice actors assembled in awhile, with Bill Hader, Anna Farris, James Caan, Mr. T and Bruce Campbell bringing their characters to life. Not great or amazing, but still a lot of fun.
Worth a watch but, don't expect much.
This movie is so cute. I have watched it several times and I always enjoy it.
A silly, technicolor foodfest that I continue to revisit again and again! There's something comforting about watching clever animated films... almost as comforting as a giant bowl of spaghetti.
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- Celine and Julie Go Boating
- City of Life and Death
- City of God
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…
- Spirited Away
- Toy Story
- The Iron Giant
Damn, I was hoping for an even 50, but sometimes it just doesn't work out, does it?
A big thank…