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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.
This movie was actually really good. Upset it took me so long to see it. Super funny. Makes me want to give animation the chance I've been denying it all these years.
Apocalipsis, comida y sardinas
Mientras avanzaba la película, que me atrapó desde un inició (antes de verla no había revisado quién la dirigía), me sorprendía más y más, su historia me conmovía y emocionaba y además me hacía reír muchísimo. Y justo en el momento en que terminó y vi los nombres en los créditos, entendí todo.
Qué bien hace su chamba Cloudy with a chance of meat balls. No solamente divierte y entretiene, sino que tiene unas imágenes pesadillescas geniales, y unos personajes retorcidísimos, empezando por Flint o el aterrador Bebé Brent. Y esos pollos asesinos sin cabeza me van a dar muchas pesadillas. Y cómo termina Brent en cuanto a los pollos... yish, me acuerdo y me dan escalofríos. Y la máquina…
So THIS is why these guys were suddenly given free reign to do whatever they wanted to do.
As with the Lego Movie, this is a delightful kids movie in all the right ways. Speaks to kids without speaking down to them, and speaks to adults without speaking over the kids.
Can all Hollywood directors be required to take a year long class in comic timing (verbal as well as visual) from Lord and Miller?
Funnier than expected visual feast. Jampacked with clever ideas and gags. A couple schmaltzy lulls.
- This simultaneously was a pleasant surprise and not a surprise at the same time. Phil Lord and Chris Miller have, as we all know, have since established themselves as go-to comedic geniuses with a flair for colourful, ultra-fun movies.
- So this may have come as a pleasant surprise for many back in 2009, but I had high post-22 & 23 Jump Street, and post-Lego Movie expectations which were met with spectacular ease. It's a ridiculous movie, but not once pauses to consider its ridiculousness. We are given a premise - that water can be turned into food - and the characters run with it at full sprint. The resulting enthusiasm and energy is deeply infectious.
- Every character is…
Yeah, I pretty much love everything about this movie. It's got an original plot, likable characters, smooth animation, nice looking 3D models, and a funny script. The humor reminds me a lot of The Emperor's New Groove, which should tell you everything you need to know.
I was honestly taken aback when I first saw CwaCoM (I know, doesn't really work). After multiple viewings, it still is as funny as before. While it doesn't reach the emotional highs of the early Pixar films, or have the excitement of a How to Train Your Dragon, Cloudy brings the laughs. From puns, to the absurd, to physical humor, Phil Lord and Chris Miller show what they would later bring to The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street: these guys are funny.
didn't like it as much as i thought i would, which is weird considering this is basically a movie about Comically-Large Food and Puns Regarding Said Comically-Large Food (two of my all-time favorite things)
- 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