Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Director: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Writer: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, Erica Rivinoja
Based on: Judi Barrett‘s and Ron Barrett‘s characters
Sequel to: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Benjamin Bratt, Neil Patrick Harris, Terry Crews, Kristen Schaal
Flint (Bill Hader) and Sam (Anna Faris) have just gotten things under control with the FLDSMDFR, when The Live Corp, headed by Chester V (Will Forte) swoops in to take over the clean-up and to offer Flint a job. Since Chester V has been Flint’s idol since about forever, he accepts gladly. But it soon turns out that The Live Corp has nefarious plans for the FLDSMDFR and the foodimals it started producing.
I very much liked Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, but this sequel was extremely disappointing. Aside from the (partly excellent) punning, there’s practically nothing to it.
I enjoy a good pun. The one with the leek in the boat (that was also in the trailer), for example, pretty much singlehandedly made me want to see the film. But if that’s all there is to a movie, it’s a little thin. There are only so many foodimals you can do before it gets really boring.
But not only jokewise, also animationwise the foodimals were the best thing about the film – but that’s not saying a whole lot. I still don’t think that the aesthetics of the film are that awesome. Everything seemed a bit sketch-y.
The story itself was not that great either. It was absolutely predictable – which is not necessarily a bad thing for a movie primarily aimed at children. But when it becomes just one cliché after the other, loosely held together with a few tropes, it’s a bit too much.
I was just really let down. This is seriously one of the most uncharming, unlovingly made sequels I have seen hitting cinemas.
Summarizing: I guess it’s too bad that Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs never got a follow-up movie.