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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
Manny: "You are going to need a co-pilot."
Sam: "You are a pilot, too?"
Manny: "Yes. I am also a particle physicist."
Manny: "No, that was a joke. I am also a comedian."
The best non-Pixar animation to come out of America last decade is just as delicious second time around: a barrage of brilliant jokes (and oversized foodstuffs), bouncing off an appealing romance and a touching father-son subplot, as inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) makes it rain food, unfortunately endangering the world. Its characters are superbly drawn, its action sequences are masterfully conceived and just about every gag is judged to perfection, several nailing the quiet absurdities of 21st century life in a way that…
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Really funny, imaginative and entertaining. The visuals are fantastic and further brought to live by the varied cast.
Although I did tear up a bit at the father/son bit, it was the visual invention that got this movie over the finish line - the food was scrumptious, it showed up in fascinatingly weird ways. There was a kinetic energy to the characters. There is a spaghetti tornado sequence in this movie that is violent, absurd and sublimely free - it makes you chuckle in a maniacally 'that's so awesome' way. It doesn't have the 'Meet the Robinsons' sharpness, nor the 'Emperor's New Groove' screwball commitment to absurdity, but it also lacks the inane qualities of lesser offerings fitting into the "we aren't Pixar" group. What it does have is an endless series of interesting visual ideas thrown together with some well-executed characters and plots.
I might go see it again, just to see that spaghetti tornado. Just amazing.
I really enjoyed the clever and witty humor but I thought it kind of got annoying 3/4 way through and then I wanted it to just end so I didn't start to dislike it. Didn't love it but I still liked it. The voices fit the characters pretty well (andy samberg <333) and the characters overall were pretty good.
The food is bigger
Saw this with my kids. One wanted to leave before it was over and the other cried after it was done (too scary, she said.) I thought it started out promising, fast paced and funny. The animation was fine, not great. I never tired of seeing giant food fall out of the sky and the voice performances were all good. I just found it all quite a bit too over the top. Where Pixar movies rely on a great story, this relied on the action sequences -- and the difference between the two shows. I would take any Pixar movie any day over this movie.
God these guys make hilarious, mad as fook and inventive comedies with a lovely touch of anarchic joy.
I liked The Lego Movie, but loved Cloudy, pure joy.
Hugely inventive, smart plot, great jokes and spectacular animation. Loved it.
- 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…
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