Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers : Movie Review

2009's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" was, and is, a delight—a funny, heartfelt, boundlessly imaginative computer-animated feature expanding upon the children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett. Leading the way with inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), who had created a food-making satellite that quickly got out of control, and Sam Sparks, a weather intern who proved to be his perfect match, the film was as sweet and kaleidoscopic as Skittles with the added benefit of not resulting in a sugar crash. In mounting a sequel, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have been enlisted to take the reins formerly occupied by original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and the change is definitely noticeable. Stinking of tacked-on desperation, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" has its nice moments—a cute, food-centric double-entendre here, an enchanting visual there—but these individual bright spots cannot remedy a distaff narrative lacking in forward progression. PETA and GLAAD will love the overall messages of animal friendliness and overall acceptance between living creatures of all kinds, making it especially disappointing that the script by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (2013's "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone") and first-time scribe Erica Rivinoja isn't more worthy of its predecessor. At the end, there is the sinking feeling that no one would be missing anything had the film never been made.

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Author : Dustin Putman