Review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

For many years now, other studios has been trying to match the magic of Pixar; Sony may have finally succeeded. The unlikely source of an obscure, bizarrely-titled children's book has provided the inspiration for a film that matches Pixar at its best and exceeds it in weirdness.

Almost completely unrelated to its source material, the film takes the basic premise of a town where it rains food, which is eventually threatened by a culinary/meteorological disaster, but not much else. The film adds in the character of Flint Lockwood, a manic, failed inventor, desperate for the affection of his unique hometown, until he suddenly finds himself a local hero when he accidentally invents a device that turns the water into michelin star-quality food. A situation he is unwilling to let go of when things begin to go wrong.

Headed up by Saturday Night Live regular Bill Hader, the vocal cast of the film is joy piled upon joy: Anna Faris, James Caan, Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Campbell, Mr T!!! Combined with some staggering artwork, particularly in 3D, the film has all the trademarks of the Disney subsidiary, but the real genius of the film is its true insanity.

From a talking monkey pet who can bring the house down merely by repeating its name, to a giant fantasy playland made out of jelly, the sheer number of ideas in the film is staggering, and it has every right to stand up there with the House of Mouse's best.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is destined to be a cult classic, don't miss the chance to see it in 3D on a big screen.

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