Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

This is a film review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs released in 2009.

Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

 

The plot is about Flint Lockwood who wants to prove to the entire town that he can and will be a scientist. He invents a machine that can turn water into food, as there is a bit of a food crisis on the island where he lives (located just underneath the letter “A” of “Atlantic” on the map). You see, everyone in Swallow Falls eats sardines… and eating sardines can get a bit boring after a while. All goes well until the food starts to genetically change and become supersized, causing a serious problem to the entire world population.

There are many inside jokes and puns in this film. The characters all seem to have rounded personalities and most of them instill some kind of emotion in the audience. One of the funniest characters is the police man – he is one energetic cop. Baby Brent on the other hand is the most annoying character in the film.

This film does play on stereotypes which is a bit boring. When Flint goes into his lab and starts to speak his actions it feels silly, but I suppose that’s what the creators wanted. This is a guy who is supposed to have a “real job”, and instead he is inventing stuff in a make-shift lab in the family home back garden. His inventions have a 100% rate to be a disaster, which is interesting because it shows the creators creativity. “What could go wrong?” Is a question I ask myself repeatedly when Flint unveils one of his inventions.

Eventually Flint has to switch off the machine, which leads to an entire new series of problems. (What could go wrong?) He manages to save the day, so it finally doesn’t rain super-sized food on the world.

I’m struggling to understand the moral message of this film. (If there is one?) I feel that the plot is a really big shamble. The animation is great, the world design is spectacular, and the characters are also well developed. I just wish the interaction between them was a bit more sophisticated, because right now the film feels absurd. But hey, what can I expect from a film that has a weather forecast with “meatballs” in it?

This film was ok. The set design and animation is definitely great eye candy, but the plot unfortunately doesn’t do anything new. (Yes, it’s raining food, but the plot development other than that is cliche)

I would therefore recommend this film to anyone who likes pretty 3D set design and bad puns.

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