films that have shaped who I am and what I like
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…
Dad! I want to choose what to watch!!
No! I want to choose!
Quit yer yapping. I'm picking.
(Many grumbles of disagreement)
What are we watching dad?
Het regent gehaktballen. (It's raining meatballs)
Yeah right. (whispers to brother) He's totally making that up.
This is boring. When are they gonna stop talking, dad?
Haha. A small fish in a giant ball. So hilarious.
Hold on. It's raining cheeseburgers. OK. That's pretty funny.
BWAHAHAHA!! LOOK AT ALL THE FOOD FALLING FROM THE SKY!! HIS DADDY HAS NO EYES!!! I WANT A MONKEY!! HAHA HAHA FAT MAYOR!!! PUDDING!! PUDDING!! I WANT ICE CREAM HOUSES FOR MY BIRTHDAY!! PIZZA BOATS!!! LOOK AT THOSE MEATBALLS!!! HAHA HAHA!!!!
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.
"Bigger is better, right?"
I'm torn. I really hate the idea that we're supposed to sympathize with this kid who knowingly terrorizes his home town in a conceited pursuit of personal "genius" and who continually lies to his father out of a hypocritical frustration with feeling misunderstood and who after all this is ultimately proven to be doing the right thing in the film's climax.
I also hate the idea that this is supposed to be some sort of incisive critique of American food culture: the town is threatened by increasingly oversized portions and a growing pile of leftover waste—we get it, but there's nothing interesting about the examination, and the resolution adds even more nothing to it.
An amazingly imaginative universe with fun characters and a great story. Very hilariously written.
Miller and Lord are the best.
Under appreciated gem and perhaps one of the funniest animated movies ever made. Lord and Miller followed this up with the admittedly superior The Lego Movie, but in terms of laughs I think this might have the edge.
This time around I found myself laughing mostly at a ubiquitous bearded townsman whom I later found was credited as 'Joe Townie' and voiced by the hilarious Will Forte.
im so excited about this being the greatest film ever made
I could not feel genuinely invested here, and it has nothing to do with being out of touch with my inner child. Sure, as an ignorant 5 year old I might have bought this, but anytime after, I might have found the basic premise to be stupid, and although the film fully commits to it through a whacky tone, I only found myself amused once (the inventor's father following instructions to use a computer while being completely computer illiterate). The third act gets so elephantine, the perils the plot lead up to become meaningless, because well, giant food falls out of the sky and you know as a cartoon everything will go back to status quo at the end -…
“Tá Chovendo Hambúrguer” conta com uma trama inegavelmente boba. Uma premissa rebuscada que se transforma em uma comédia um tanto louca, é um filme que se recusa a ser levado a sério mesmo quando momentos mais sentimentais são atirados na tela. É um longa recheado de bom humor e surreal – o que deixa tudo mais charmoso e interessante de acompanhar.
É um filme frenético, já que temos ação praticamente a partir de sua primeira cena e jamais deixa a coisa desandar até os momentos finais. O elenco também impõe peso ao longa, com Anna Faris compondo a metereologista que me fez gargalhar em várias cenas, além de Bill Harder como o ótimo Flint Lockwood.
Christopher Miller e Phil Lord comandam a trama com energia, gerenciando cenas emocionantes em um perfeito conjunto com a comédia, que realmente consegue divertir. Vai agradar até aqueles que não gostam muito de animações, pelo fato de ser simples, despretencioso e delicioso! rs
Still a tasteful and funny delight. Love the film references too.
I seriously have no idea why this is a tradition here in Israel. There's this strange habit to name films…