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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Oh my god its raining meatballs....in 3d
"Mama Mia, that is one spicy meatball!", as one stereotypical italian has once said. Indeed, "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" is a roaring success as it hits select multiplexes, in 3-D format. Based off the popular childrens' book, where food randomly falls out of the sky courtesy of Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), whom builds a machine capable of generating any type of food using water. During the towns grand opening of Sardine Land, Flint decides to test out his newest creation. Unfortunately, things go astray as his invention spirals out of control, and heads into the air and creates all sorts of food that falls out of the sky. Seeing this as a marketing opportunity, Mayor Shelbourne (Bruce Campbell) uses Flint's invention to promote the town tourism. At first things seem great, Flint is finally getting the recognition he's always wanted, and the love of a cute and brainy weather reporter, Sam Sparks (Anna Farris). Unfortunately, things go astray as the demands of the various foods get too high, causing the machine to overload and create a food weather catastrophe, like no other. The fate of the world now rests in the hands of Flint, Sam, "Baby" Brent (Andy Samberg), and Flint's pet monkey, to save the town from raining food. The story is pretty much cut and dry as it has a character, in Flint, struggling to find his place in the world. Then meets a girl that also has the same ambitions to be something more than what she is, but doesn't realize that who she is, already makes her special until she meets Flint. Basically, both protagonists are struggling to find a place in this world, yet they don't realize their full potential until they meet each other. This allows the viewer to feel a deep sense of compassion and empathy for the main characters. Plus, the voice acting by Mr. T and Bruce Campbell were simply hilarious. In the one scene, when the Mayor tries to talk Flint into keeping his machine on, despite the severe warnings by our hero, will make anyone laugh uncontrollably. As for the animation itself, I thought it was pretty well done. The level of detail isn't going to raise any standards in CGI animated films but as a 3-D movie, I thought the film's graphics were pretty impressive. I can't say how faithful this film is to the book, since I never read it. Although the film does come off a bit cheesy and predictable at times, it still provides a lot of humor to make up for it. I will say that "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" is definitely one of the best family films of the summer.