Entertainment Hive 2017

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Review by Honey B

Director: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn Vocal Cast: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, James Caan, Terry Crews, Neil Patrick Harris Synopsis: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation's hit comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood's (Bill Hader) genius is finally being recognized as he's invited by his idol Chester V (Will Forte) to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester's right- hand-gal - and one of his greatest inventions - is Barb (Kristen Schaal) a highly evolved orangutan. It's always been Flint's dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turns water into food) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids - foodimals. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world again. Review: What's wonderful about this movie is the sheer imagination that has gone into it. To see giant watermelon elephants, pickles that love to fish and eat sardines, a maple syrup lake with pancakes, a taco crocodile that spits out its filling, bacon trees and a scary double bacon Cheespider with a special sauce that really loves to have its buns rubbed - it's mouth-watering beauty. With so many visuals and gags being thrown about, the film lacks a strong storyline and opens with a re-cap of the original movie before Flint's (Hader) childhood icon, Chester V (Will Forte) of Live Corp, flies in to sneakily steal the young scientist's food-making machine. Chester evacuates everyone from the island but soon finds he needs Flint's help to find his machine and Flint enlists the help of his friends including kind-hearted weather girl Sam (Faris) for his mission. In-between all of the madcap humour there are plenty of messages against big corporations, looking after the environment and eating our fruit and vegetables - but maybe not if they look as cute as Barry the Berry! Sure, the storyline lacks a bit of depth but the candy coloured visuals, fast flying food puns, strong vocal cast and zany action scenes mix together to make a truly satisfying kids flick.
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