Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a Mr. E Movie Review
(Run Time: 81 min. – Directed By: Phil Lord and Chris Miller – Starring: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris)
Inspired by the 1978 children’s book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the latest animated picture to come out of the Sony Picture’s Studio. This family comedy has enough to have your kids asking to see it again all while entertaining you enough that you find yourself not complaining when they do.
Flint Lockwood, voiced by Bill Hader, has been a sort of unique character his entire life. He has long been dreaming up the next best invention to help solve different problems in society. From untied shoes to balding and his latest invention is a machine that will change water into food.
What kind of food? Any kind of food that doesn’t taste like sardines. You see Flints town is the sardine capitol of the Atlantic and after the world cut back on their sardine consumption it’s all his town has had to eat and it’s killing the economy.
The mayor has decided to open a sardine themed attraction and has invited the press out to broadcast the event to the world with hopes that it will bring tourists to their dying island town. Assigned to cover the event is Sam Sparks, voiced by Anna Farris.
Flint quickly falls for Sam after finding out she is secretly a nerd just like him and then food starts to fall from the sky! Will he get the girl? Will his invention be the end of him and his town? Will he be the hero?
As far as an entertaining movie watching experience Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs delivers. It’s nicely paced storyline is elementary enough to keep the kids attention and fun enough to not leave you bored or annoyed at any point.
The voice over actors did great. I think Adam Samberg stole a couple of laughs as the fully grown former child model for the towns canned sardine company. Along with Adam some of the bigger laughs had to go to the talking monkey Steve, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. I mean come on he’s a monkey with a translator device strapped to his neck. Imagine having that to work with as a writer!
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an easy recommend for the kids but is even good enough for a solid recommend to the parents, grandparents, and babysitters alike.