Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

The original Cloudy had an anarchic spirit that really spoke to me. It was the sort of weird and wonderful kid’s film that actually makes me a bit melancholy because I know that while I can enjoy it as an adult, I would have loved it if I had seen it when I was a child. It made me kind of miss being a child, in a way, and the obsessive quality that can confer. The second film isn’t bad by any means, but it didn’t give me that sense of melancholy, because while I liked it now and would have liked it as a child, I can’t imagine any circumstances where I would really get obsessed with it.

There are some good laughs here, particularly if you like food based puns. Steve, the helper monkey that our hero the mad scientist has trained to talk, is a lot of fun. The animation is well done, looking bright and colorful without being overdone. The plot doesn’t have a lot of surprises in it, but there’s enough clever jokes to keep it from being the sort of monotonous kids movie that is the bane of any animation lover’s life. If I had just stumbled across this movie accidentally, I would have been relatively satisfied to spend 90 minutes being charmed by it. But I didn’t see it accidentally, I saw it on purpose because I wanted to know if it was as good as the original, and it isn’t.

Calling it a disappointment is a bit too harsh – it is, after all a sequel to a kids movie and those standards are comically low – but I can’t help but be disappointed to get Colin Hanks instead of Tom Hanks II.

Winner: Push

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on IMDB