Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Typically, I leave the music and movie reviews to my boyfriend, over atI Hate Fun. However, since this particular movie is about food, I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

I remember falling in love with the book, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett in elementary school. I mean, how could I not? There were mountains of fluffy mashed potatoes, and it rained meatballs! That’s the kind of place I’d like to live.

Though I love the book, I haven’t read it in quite some time. I was a little nervous about the movie; would it be an on-screen replica of the book? Would it be completely different? I wasn’t sure which of the two I actually wanted. Luckily, Phil Lord went in the right direction and chose a little of column A, and a little of column B.

The movie had an all star voice cast with the likes of Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Mr. T, Neil Patrick Harris, and the list goes on! I always enjoy watching animated movies and recognizing voices; I think it adds something to the movie and makes it more entertaining.

I was laughing from the beginning, all the way to the end. I’m a comic junkie, so if you’re going to convince me you’re funny, you’ve got to start early. There really weren’t any lulls or low points in the movie; it moved the whole time, and like I said, kept me laughing.

Lord decided to go the route of an unsuccessful scientist, trying to get his big break. Through what turns out to be an accident, Flint Lockwood is able to save his town that is failing on it’s once prosperous sardine industry. It’s a real underdog tale, and as the perpetual underdog cheerleader, I really enjoyed this.

The colors were truly eye catching. The food looked delicious, even when Flint’s machine began to overload and everything became super-sized. I was mesmerized the entire time.

It’s a lot like Ratatouille, which is another one of my favorite animated (and food!) movies. It’s cute and all things an animated movie should be, but it’s also really funny; funny in a way that only an adult would get.

I would definitely recommend renting this if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s light hearted and a good laugh, and it might even transport you back to your childhood; at least for a bit.

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