Staring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, James Caan, Terry Crews, Will Forte, Benjamin Bratt and Neil Patrick Harris.
Directed by: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn
Cloudy 2 starts where the first left off. Shallow Falls is a mess due to the food storm that Flint’s FLDSMDFR machine caused. The characters are forced to leave their homes and later find out it’s been invaded by food animals. Scientist Chester V, CEO of Live Corp and Flint’s hero, is tasked to clean up the island. He sends Flint and his friends back to clean it up and deactivate the FLDSMDFR machine before more food animals get made and the problem gets worse.
Cloudy 2 is a cute, family friendly film that won’t have adults yawning while their kids are jumping for joy. It has some great laughs and the animation is very colourful for the children. To say I wasn’t enthused to see this film wouldn’t be a lie. I saw the first one and thought it was very well done, but I just wasn’t buying the concept for the second film. The concept, however, worked wonderfully and some of the food animals are deemed the best part of the film, especially a little strawberry named Barry, who is just as cute as any cartoon character you’ve seen before. He has the best scenes in the film and will put a smile on anyone face.
The actors in the film voice their characters with energy and hilarity. Some of the actors make it impossible for you not to laugh. Some of the highlights are Andy Samberg and Terry Crews, who voice Flint’s goofy friends Brent McHale, who dons a chicken costume for most of the film and calls himself Chicken Brent, and Officer Earl Devereaux, a cop that takes his job very seriously. My only issue was with the villain, Chester V. He didn’t really do much and I felt to be pretty annoying. He didn’t really seem to fit in with the colourful, energetic characters. He, at some points, took a little bit of the energy out of certain scenes. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 is great night out with the family. It’ll make you laugh, but it may scare younger children. The scary food monsters have good intentions, but some kids may not understand that at the beginning and may get overwhelmed by the loud roars and overall appearance.
I was pleasantly surprised with how this film turned out and to say their won’t be a third helping to this franchise would probably be a lie, but I won’t let it down so easily next time. If you love films like Shrek and you’ve seen the first Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, be sure to check out this hilarious follow up. I guarantee you’ll have a smile on your face at some point during the film.