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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.
"I like it cause it has lots of food in it" Miss Zany
"Cloudy" is not groundbreaking animation, it looks colorful and sits in the same batch of good animated films such as the "Despicable Me" series or the "Kung Fu Panda" films. But, "Cloudy" is quite funny. Much like its lead character Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), it is an inventive film, about an island town that's main attraction is sardines. Since he was a kid, Flint has always wanted to invent something. When his newest invention, a machine that takes water and turns it into any type of food (other than sardines), goes bonkers clouds start dropping burgers and fries from the sky. The town is happy, but too much of a good thing can go bad. Pleasant weather girl Sam Sparks…
After watching The Lego Movie, I decided to go back and rewatch Cloudy to see if it still held up five years later; I was happy to realize that it did, and that I enjoyed it even more now than I did when I first watched it years ago. This is one of those silly, off-the-wall, non-sequitur kind of movies that I just need to watch every so often when I need to just giggle and enjoy the ride. I still haven't watched the sequel, but regardless of what I end up thinking of it, Cloudy will always have a special place in my Netflix queue.
I reckon it would be great to work with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They seem to insert so much enthusiasm into their films that I can only imagine that's what they are like in person. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs was their first feature, and I can see why they were chosen for the Jump Street films and The Lego Movie. All these films have the same energy, which comes across as feeling really refreshing.
Cloudy is what I'd expect from the directors...funny. The comedy, animation and voicing were great. But I didn't really dig it as much as I thought I would.
Funny and smart animated movie for adults and children.
Best animation ever. Enough said.
There's almost nothing wrong with this animated comedy, it has more jokes/laughs per minute than just about any other movie I remember seeing. It's a shame about that unnecessary sequel.
The story is about a town experiences food-based weather that works well at first, until things get a little out of control. This movie has amazing animation and a good story that I did not see coming.
Earl Devereaux: You know what you are, Flint Lockwood? A shenaniganizer! A tomfool!
- Celine and Julie Go Boating
- City of Life and Death
- City of God
- 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…
- Blind Date
- Boogie Nights
- The Burning
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid