The kind of sequel you can really sink your teeth into, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 is a great way to satisfy the kids’ hunger for adventure these holidays. Much like its predecessor, the film features generous helpings of fresh comedy topped with extra cheese and sneaky servings of special sauce to entertain the adults. It’s fun, it’s chaotic, and, at times, completely bananas, but with a narrative that is fairly light on calories, it might leave you hungry for more.
This juicy film picks up only minutes after the first film ends, with the town of Swallow Falls near-buried under a jungle of giant food. Now it’s time to clean up the leftovers, and Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) is cherry-picked for the job by his childhood hero, Chester V (voiced by Will Forte). The locals are forced to leave the island (but they don’t stew about it) before Flint and his entree-age can return. But what Flint and his accompaniments find lurking in the island turns out to be way off the menu – thousands of mutant food species with a distaste for humans
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 isn’t quite as nourishing as the first film but still has plenty of flavour to whet your appetite. The characters are a delight, the jokes are fun and the visuals are joyous but the real highlight is in spotting the food animals: hippotatomuses, meatballruses, pearakeets, piethons, jelly bees, and watermelephants to name a few. Some leftover gags from the first film are rehashed but the sequel still manages to feel fresh without leaving a bad taste in your mouth.
The flip side of the film is that the lukewarm narrative plotting and characterisation leave the film feeling a little undercooked, but this probably won’t worry younger viewers. Instead, the fast pace, crazy tone and non-stop action will be all the sugar-rush they’ll need to keep them lapping up this fruity movie with relish.