Sunday, June 6, 2010
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. C+
The timing for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs couldn't be better. In a time when obesity rates in America are growing rapidly, a time when kids come home from school and gulp big sweet fizzy sodas and chow down pizza and chips, the message in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs couldn't be more relevant. This terrible problem of sugar and fat consumption must stop because too much junk food will destroy the world. Now, the movie uses this idea in literal terms, as the junk food actually falling from the sky causes great destruction. But the overall message couldn't be more obvious. I enjoyed the first hour of the movie quite a bit actually. It had me laughing a lot more than most family movies do, and the story, based off a classic children's book, is inventive enough for older people to stay entertained. But it was that final half hour of the movie that really ruined it and made me forget how pleasant the first part of the film really was. The movie replaces all the charm and humor with a perpetual, insanely boring action sequence. The basic idea is that the hero, Flint (voiced by Bill Hader) has to stop a his invention because the food is growing in size and causing chaos and damage to the whole world. Its almost like the movie was inspired by the famous disaster movies-only it uses food as the source of the disaster. I didn't see the movie in 3D, but I hear it works wonders with the glasses. I see 3D as a cheap gimmick, but I have to admit that it would work well for a movie in which food comes plummeting down from above. As for the animation, it's okay, but nothing to shout about. In the end I have to give Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs a negative simply because of that loud, tedious action sequence. But at the same time, most kids probably would love to see the hero escape massive spikes of peanut brittle. This movie is for them, and it's a sure bet they'll like it.