Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, English Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * *

English Film review
Johnson Thomas

Tasty visuals but poor in story
Film: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (3D)              
Cast: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Benjamin Bratt 

Directed by:    Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn

Rating: *  *
The first time round, it was a tasty enough joy-ride-nowhere close to exciting but nevertheless interesting. This second installment in the franchise picks up from where the first ended. Where the first movie clued itself on the book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett, the sequel treads a narrower out-of-page path that digresses completely from Pickles to Pittsburgh- the follow-up book by the authors.
Cloudy 2 finds Swallow Falls having to cope with the big, gooey mess left by those spaghetti tornadoes and other torrential tidbits.
Flint Lockwood(Bill Hader) believes that his genius is finally being recognized by his idol Chester V(Will Forte), who out of the blue invites him to join the Live Corp Company, with Barb(orangutan with human brain) escorting him to the HQ.   Seeing that Flint’s ambition has always been to get recognition as a famous inventor, Chester sends him out on a dangerously delicious mission to save the world from his own machine created creatures called ‘foodimals.’ Flint , being naïve, is unable to divine Chester’s true intent.
  For the first one, Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller not only assembled likable voice casts but also  cleverly worked-in relatable themes while giving food a more sinister and varied projection.
The creators of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" retain some of the earlier creative effusiveness and also ends up substituting original thought for greater size and numbers. The food doesn't just fall from the sky, it moves, breathes, and develops its own ecosystem. The foodimals end up being more interesting than the human toons inhabiting the conceived landscape.

The first movie was about a kid obsessed with science and ostracized from his society  and finally learning that even he  had a place in it. This second movie is not half as interesting- t an admittedly adorable, talking strawberry, not-withstanding. . The characters of "Cloudy 2" are almost non-existent. The visual creatives manage a sumptuous buffet but it’s a little too out of our reach to be edible. This film simply lacks inventiveness and story , making the going dull and difficult to sustain. The voice cast is solid enough. This film has a few too many flaws and since it’s an extension of an idea that did not necessarily warrant another outing- is less than satisfactory!


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