January 07, 2010
Remember yesterday's post where I talked about how food was beautiful? It's even better looking in a full-feature animated film!
I always said that my middle name should have been cheesebuger. And as a Cheeseburger lover, I figured that any movie with cheeseburgers falling from the sky HAS to be ok? Right? I was hoping so when the opportunity to review 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' fell in my lap. My kids adore the children's book (we actually have it in our home library), and I... adore cheeseburgers.
The movie arrived over Christmas holiday while I was out of town (sorry, Sony Pictures)... but I was thrilled to discover it in my colossal pile of mail after we returned home. I always seem a lot 'cooler' to my kids when I get a 'screener' or some other groovy review item in the mail. They immediately started making plans for a movie night while I tried to imagine what it would be like to watch a movie without Coke and popcorn. Drat those new years resolutions!
Amazingly, the movie was so fun and amusing, I didn't even miss my beloved Coca-Cola Classic except for when we first sat down. What a cute movie! My husband loved it, too. He admitted that he thought it would be a silly movie when it was in the theaters (sorry Sony Pictures), but he was impressed by the DVD (which came out yesterday, by the way - so you can go get a copy right now!).
So what's this about cheeseburger rain? Well it isn't just cheeseburgers. The town where Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) lives in 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' is getting a Vegas Style Buffet of weather after his latest invention was rocketed to the sky in a freak accident. From a computer in his secret tree-house lab, he's able to program a menu while the rogue satellite invention makes munchies out of the weather system moisture. For an island town that has survived mainly on sardines, it was only a matter of time before their menu-ordering greed became dangerous. His hilarious mustache-eating monkey assistant and the intern 'weather-girl' are on a race to save the planet from massive food-portions and edible weather systems that get increasingly hostile as the machine takes on a mind of it's own.
Was that an awesome run-on sentence or WHAT?!!
My 12 year old son's favorite part of the movie was the beginning, when little Flint got made fun of at school for one of his first inventions: his spray on shoes that wouldn't come off. My 10 year old daughter's favorite part of the show was when Flint's dad used the monkey translator box that Flint created to explain how much he loved his son (because we all know that parents don't always speak the same love language as their kids). My husband loved the part where the cop (played by 'Mr. T' - which only you 80's kids will have heard of) tackles Flint to tell him he has his 'EYE' on him.
It's hard for me to pick a favorite part. The humor all through the show had me in stitches. The animation was impressive and the movie never got slow. In fact, if you want to catch all the humor, you'll have to watch it more than once! I thought that the romance which bloomed between Flint and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), the 'temporary professional meteorologist', was one of the most tactful that I have seen in any animated movie for kids. Very sweet and nothing improper; just two nerds finding someone else in the world that can 'relate'. How charming!
This movie has a home in my DVD collection. My kids already made us watch it again after grandma came home so she could see it. I love finding movies that are safe and fun for the whole family. What a delicious treat! And of course, that isn't just because it has cheeseburgers in it!
Wanna go see the trailer? Check it out!
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS TRAILER
I bet you'll be 'hungry for more'.
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Disclosure: This film was a free product provided for me to review without compensation. If you purchase the film through my Amazon link, I'll most likely see a few pennies appear in my associate account. All opinions and remarks in this post are expressly my own.