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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…
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.
OH. MY. GOD.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller can do no wrong.
The animation here is dazzling and the voice of Anna Faris is a most perfect fit.
The writing is surprisingly hilarious and sometimes moving.
I also may have shed a tear within the first three minutes.
Lord and Miller are officially my heroes.
Constant action, good animation... but still falls short and feels flat!
Not that good actually but funny.
A harmless, funny, and entertaining family film.
Not bad. Didn't expect to see it turn into a crazy apocalyptic Independence Day at all. Some cute gags but the bizarrely exciting sci-fi action overshadowd the comedy.
It's a real mess. The film's dialogue is stilted and amateurish. The massive foods are gimmicky as hell, not to mention undistinctive in style. It feels like a Buzzfeed attempt at making animation -- anything to draw in the lowest common denominator. The characters have no discernible personality and the romance is incredibly lame.
I find it hard to reconcile how these filmmakers later made the invigorating Jump Street and Lego Movie films. On the basis of this movie, you'd expect its creators to wind up in some lifeless Dreamworks productions. Props to them for stepping up, I guess.
Chris Miller and Phil Lord are the dynamic duo that never seem to do wrong. Whether we are discussing their surprisingly good live-action reimaginings of 80's TV cop comedy 21 Jump Street and its equally successful sequel, or their wonderful feature-length Lego advertisement, chances are you will have something good to say about them. Their debut, a very, very loose adaptation of the 1978 picture book of the same name, is the worst of their four collaborations; a mixed bag of inspired voice casting and random, off-kilter humour that more often than not, misses the mark completely, skiving off course and ultimately ruining the film. Regardless, most directors falter in their first installment, and Lord and Miller, as untouchable as…
Rica y divertida. Yo quiero una montaña de helado de menta con chocolate.
Un platillo: la gelatina gigante.
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