Movie review by Rashid Irani: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

  • Cloudly with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a sequel with a yummy twist. Browse through to know more.

  • No food soft-toys for you?

    This particular strawberry seems to be some kind of pet they adopt while they're out on their little adventure.

  • So romantic you could turn into jelly?

    Don't mind the food pun. The film is full of them.

  • Just a wee bit creepy, don't you think?

    Cloudy 2 appears to have many such animals in store for you.

  • Mission Foodimal?

    The Cloudy team is out to complete their adventure, and they must cross the food-animals to do so.

Direction: Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn

Voice: Bill Hader, Anna Faris

Rating: **1/2

As frenetic and insubstantial as the original 2009 animated fantasy, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 once again blends slapstick comedy with candy-coloured visuals. The reheated concoction will appeal to its target pre-teen audience so long as they don't  expect anything too filling.

The first film's wide-eyed young inventor (delightfully dubbed by Hader) and his colleagues band back together to embark on another food-centric adventure. Returning to their island home, they are tasked with shutting down the old water vapour-into-foodstuff machine.

The out-of-control contraption has processed a new breed of food-animal hybrid. Their tropical habitat transforms into a veritable Jurassic Park, with the beleaguered buddies confronted by an array of mutant critters including tacodiles, cheepspiders and shrimpanzees.

Working from a lightweight script attributed to as many as five writers, co-directors Cameron and Pearn render the setting in an eye-popping palette. The animated human protagonists, however, lack charm.

The first half in particular is plagues by spacing problems. The narrative is also bogged down with some heavy-handed moralising about the eco-system.

The stellar supporting vocal cast includes old-timer James Caan as the inventor's fisherman dad, Anna Faris as a petite meteorologist entrepreneur who sets the culinary mayhem in motion.

A step down of sorts from the cheery original;, the second serving of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is palatable enough. The clever end-titles sequence lends an added-flavour to the snappy 90-minute offering.

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