Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) introduces Barry to a reluctant Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) introduces Barry to a reluctant Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

ReeL REVIEWS: These meatballs have teeth

Film reviewers Taylor and Howe are joined by youngster Fenin in this week's review of the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

  • Oct. 4, 2013 11:00 a.m.

The last time we left Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) he had saved the world by turning off a machine of his own invention, which turned water into food. The machine had gone awry, causing food storms and finally producing thinking food animals that needed to be shut down.

In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Flint and his friends team up with Flint’s hero, world-famous inventor Chester V (Will Forte) to help clean up the mess. Soon Flint learns that he and Chester V have very different ideas about what should be done with all the strange new food animals: Shrimpanzees, Tacodiles and Apple Piethons, just to name a few.

We say, “It’s imaginative and fun, with a good amount of strangeness.”

HOWE: The first Cloudy movie I loved, yet this time round in part 2 I was left wanting a little more from it. Yes it still has that quirkiness to it, but I felt it was aimed at a higher age group with  more mature jokes dotted throughout. But saying that, my little boy laughed continuously throughout it so it obviously was doing something right.

FENIN: It’s so cool, I laughed and laughed. It’s very funny.

TAYLOR: Both movies have a childlike silliness to them that appeals to the kid in all of us. It’s the simple things that made me smile: Young Lockwood is an inventor whose imagination is allowed to run wild, producing things from the seemingly banal, such as “Spray-on Shoes” to the ridiculous, such as a dimension-jumping food transporter (I guess it’s all kind of ridiculous.).

But the thing that struck my funny bone was that he does it all from a sort of poor man’s mad scientist lair, where things are needlessly complicated, just to make it cool: He enters his lab through a gigantic pressurized hamster tube, he presses a “code” into the old blinking light game Simon to power up the computers, but it doesn’t work, so he lifts Simon up and flips the light switch behind it.

HOWE: Fenin has a password machine to get into his bedroom, but his is an old phone.

FENIN: Dad, don’t tell everyone the password.

HOWE: I won’t. Anyway back to the movie. It’s bright, colourful and will hold the attention of any youngster, yet for me it didn’t, I found myself wanting to doze off at just after the 3/4 mark. I didn’t watch it in 3D so I can’t tell you if there’s anything that flies out of the screen at you which maybe they could have done: there’s a spiderburger that shoots cheesewebs and a strawberry that poops jelly to name a couple of examples.

TAYLOR: I was forced to see it in 3D, (theatre didn’t offer the 2D as a matinée,) but the 3D effect was negligible, as per usual. However, for a fun, harmless 90 minutes I think the movie holds its own well. It’s not a gut-buster, but it has a few laughs, for the kids and parents. It’s kind of unique in that it shows us strange food creatures we’ve never seen. If you liked the first films, you’ll like this one too.

Taylor gives Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 three Jacque Frescos out of five.

Howe gives it 2.5 baby gherkins out of 5.

Fenin gives it 5 strawberries out of 5.

Cloudy with a Chance Meatballs 2 is currently showing at Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.