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!
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.
My four year old daughter could have thought this up.
And I mean that in the best way possible.
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.
It was ok, the black cop was funny I guess.
Great B-movie plot ripped straight out of 80's cinema.
I was drawn to this film because whenever brought up, Mark Kermode always commented on what he felt was a slightly Lynch-ian nature to the comedy. I can definitely see it in this film and there are some very surreal and more dark bits but I don't feel that vibe nearly as strong as Mark Kermode does. This film is just purely enjoyable because it doesn't take itself seriously at all and is mostly a vehicle for jokes surrounding the singular idea. This sounds cheap and would certainly seem so in most cases, but the jokes land well, are actually pretty funny, and are sometimes a bit unexpected.
Watching movies with the kids can be an experience. My 4yo was ecstatic when the various meals rained from the sky. His enthusiasm probably made me feel like the movie was better than it actually was, but still, I felt entertained all the time. Not great, but surely good.
Pero que genialidad.
La historia va sobre un muchacho que inventa una máquina que convierte el agua en comida, si, muy WTF todo, pero no es el único, la película es una sucesión de cosas surrealistas (y geniales) que hacen la hora y media que dura un rato muy muy entretenido y divertido.
A pesar de que podría considerarse como una trama bastante monótona y ser la típica película para niños, no llega a desentonar del todo. La premisa con que está acentuado el argumento la hacer ser interesante, y me parece que trata de parodiar algunas grandes películas de desastres naturales con un tono bastante burlesco.
PD: Les dará hambre, mucha hambre.
If yoghurt some time on your hands, you'll want a pizza this amusing animated caper where be-leek-ered inventor Flint Lockwood finds himself in a pickle, and his home town gets ciabatta'd by some decidedly inclementine weather. Apparently differs from the sauce but meat it half way and you'll find this a great way to pasta time. An absolute mustard see, sugarbeets many o'live action kid flicks. Starring Kevin Bacon, Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburne.
This is a nice film. Now I'm hungry.