I seriously have no idea why this is a tradition here in Israel. There's this strange habit to name films…
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.
Highly underrated, low key very emotional
Hugely inventive and actually pretty damn funny. The insane central concept is milked for all its' worth and the film's packed with weird and wonderful characters without turning into a self-conscious freakshow.
TRUCK LOAD PORTIONS OF FOOD- who could not love this film though right???
A personal favourite of mine !!! ❤️
I love that movie
1. lord & miller's films share the following themes: sons misunderstood by their fathers, men breaking through emotional defences to express how they feel, and ‘nerd pride’ (ugh). the fact that they stand out in such an overcrowded thematic field is a testament to how thoroughly they make their themes resonate.
2. however, they also tend to handle their themes without the pure monomaniacal focus (e.g.) ed wright might apply, and so while they very much want to support the underdog, there are acceptable target underdogs in all their films (except, arguably, the lego movie). it's jarring to see their narratives sell out certain groups in the middle of encouraging greater audience empathy, all for the sake of a few third-rate…
Phil Lord and Chris Miller might be two of the best directors working today. The only reason I decided to watch Cloudy with a Chance was because I found out it was their first picture, and after (technically before) the 21 Jump Street movies and the tour de force of psychedelic genius that was The Lego Movie, not to mention their plans for both a Han Solo movie and an animated Spider-Man film, I figured how bad could Cloudy with a Chance be?
Not bad at all.
I loved this movie. It's every bit as trippy and weird as The Lego Movie, arguably moreso, and even with the lack of Batman it features incredible animation and design work all bringing…
You had me at "I wanted to run away that day, but you can't run away from your own feet."
Some great dialogue with wonderfully dry humour in this family film that definitely gives something for the wry grownups watching. The plot tails out a bit but it's a fun premise. Definitely more worth a watch than most in its genre.
Not by any order except for the first four, which are tied #1 favorites.
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