Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 ★★★

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Film #8
Task #1: A food themed film
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Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" reintroduces the audience with Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and his friends. After being evacuated from their island for several months for cleanup, Lockwood and the gang must return to find his infamous machine and stop it from making mutant food that seems determined to learn to swim and wreak havoc on the rest of the world. However, along the journey, the make interesting new friendships that cause them to question their motives.

Cameron and Pearn deliver a cute, family-friendly film that starts out a bit slow, but quickly manages to pick up pace and entertain the audience. The mixture of bright, vivid colors creates a beautiful film that is enjoyable to watch. The numerous food puns and animal names were great, although cheesy (see what I did there...), and kept me chuckling with each new introduction of a cleverly-named species. Finally, the various themes that resonated throughout the film were good for children and adults alike and force the audience to think about family, friendships, and the fact that animals are not bad, they are often just scared or misunderstood.

Overall, this wasn't as good as the original, but it was fun, entertaining, and worth the view if you're looking for a family friendly, lighthearted film.

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