Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2”
Some sequels rise from the natural desire to continue a story, others exist merely for commercial reasons to wring a few more dollars out of parents’ pocketbooks.
“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2” is the second kind.
It offers another helping of more of the same in hopes of getting audiences to pay to see its reheated leftovers.
After what seems like 15 minutes recapping the events of the first film, we pick up literally seconds after that one left off.
Inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) takes a job with his childhood hero Chester V’s (Will Forte) company “Live Corp” in hopes of coming up with another groundbreaking gadget.
But as is usual in movies like this, Chester V isn’t quite as heroic as he appears.
Meanwhile, Flint’s malfunctioning food device is still malfunctioning.
But it has created a new breed of food monsters running rampant over his hometown with names like “shrimp-anzees” and “taco-diles.”
This allows for plenty of pun-based wordplay that will amuse younger children, but it’s not quite as much fun the second time around.
Soon Lockwood is dispatched to find his food generator and make his hometown hospitable for humans again with his nerdy girlfriend (Anna Farris) and all the popular supporting characters from the first movie in tow.
The film is packed with comedy heavyweights, and you can’t fault the animation which features giant food realistic enough it just might make your mouth water.
But it’s in service of a script that’s about as fresh as frozen TV dinner.
The original worked because it found heartwarming moments and genuine humor for both adults and children in its giant food extravaganza.
This one subscribes to the bigger is better school of film-making but never finds the right emotional footing.
Instead its morals ring hollow, its characters seem at times to be merely biding their time as the production rambles around.
All the giant tacos in the world can’t fill the emptiness in this movie’s heart.