Saturday, September 19, 2009

Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Grade: B

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is an animated movie based on the beloved kids book with the same name. This finger-licking good movie is about a man, Flint Lockwood. Flint has been an inventor since he was little. Unfortunately, all of his inventions have a tendency of going horribly wrong, including his first invention, spray on shoes, that can never come off. His most recent experiment is a machine that converts water into any food you want. At first it doesn't work, but after upping the power going into it, the machine launches into the stratosphere and begins to convert the clouds into cheeseburgers. Everything is great for a while but the machine starts to go haywire and causes chaos and it's up to Flint to stop it.

This movie was actually very enjoyable. It looks great, especially in IMAX 3D which is how I viewed it, and makes your mouth water with delight. This movie is very funny and entertaining for people of all ages. It was a real treat getting to see this great children's book come to life on the big screen.

The voice cast was fantastic. Bill Hader (Adventureland, TV's Saturday Night Live) does the voice of Flint, the inventor with a wild imagination. Hader was hilarious with this role as always. Anna Faris (Observe and Report, Just Friends) did the voice of Sam Sparks, a news station intern who is sent out to investigate a random story on the island only to stumble across one of the best stories of the year. James Caan (Elf, The Godfather) did the voice of Tim Lockwood, Flint's father. Even though he doesn't speak much Caan did a great job. Mr T (TV's the A-Team) did the voice of Earl, a hyper local cop. This role was hilarious and Mr T really brought it to life. The best part was when he takes of his hat he has a bald stripe down the middle of his head where Mr T's mohawk is. Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, TV's Burn Notice) did the voice of Mayor Shelbourne. Campbell is great and has a very distinguishable voice and made this character great. The movie also features the voices of Neil Patrick Harris, Al Roker, Andy Samburg, Benjamin Bratt, Lauren Graham and Will Forte.

This movie was really fun and enjoyable for everyone, but if you have kids, rush out to the theater for them to see this movie. If you get the chance also, try to see it on IMAX 3D, it was that much better because of it.

Great quote: "You may have seen a meteor shower but you've never seen a shower meatier than this."

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