Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
BASED on the beloved 1978 children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, this is a comical fantasy about one man’s pursuit of his dreams.
The computer-animated film is also a colourful morality tale about the gluttony of the West where bigger is apparently always better, especially when it comes to food portions.
Teams of animators have worked wonders here, including a jaw-dropping finale involving a flood of food that threatens to drown an entire town.
Ever since he was a little boy, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) has been inventing gadgets and gizmos to improve the lives of his technophobe father and doting mother in the town of Swallow Falls, which is famous for its sardines.
When she passes away, father and son grow apart and Flint is left to his own devices in the lab with Steve the Monkey.
In an effort to solve world hunger, he creates a machine which can transform water into different foodstuffs.
Before he can test it properly, it launches into the atmosphere – and giant pancakes, pasta and steaks rain down on the tiny fishing port. Inexperienced weathergirl Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) is asked to cover this phenomenon, and immediately catches Flint’s eye.
The Mayor put in orders for food they want to rain down from the sky, and Flint’s contraption gradually overheats, stranding the plucky inventor and others in the path of a giant spaghetti twister.
The film is a treat for all ages, with slapstick and a miasma of bold colours to dazzle youngsters and some broad humour for teenagers and parents.
The vocal performances are bursting with life, rather like the animation.
The film screens in traditional 2D in most cinemas, but family audiences should seek out the 3D version.
Donning the hi-tech spectacles, you’re bombarded with food of all shapes and sizes as it rains down.