Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ★★★★

Funny, wholly creative, and delightfully absurd. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS maximizes the full potential of the animated kids film genre, hilariously subverting tropes and cliches at every turn, imbuing any possible moment with elaborate physical comedy, and fully embracing the full spirit of wackiness. Even despite its standard narrative formula, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are still confident enough in their craft to remind you of their awareness. There are so many moments of acknowledgement in CLOUDY, that this movie might just be more enjoyable for adults.

Loved the visuals throughout, particularly the restaurant where customers simply hold their plates above them to catch food, and the insane spaghetti tornado sequence. The conceit of a machine that can alter meteorological conditions, such that requested food items will precipitate is just crazy enough to work, in a film as colorful as its plotting. It amounts to a tremendous amount of fun. I'd rank it in about the same echelon as HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, in that it takes a familiar story framework and develops something much more interesting and effective through it, enjoyable for any age group.