Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn take over for Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct the animated sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Cloudy 2 is surprisingly just as fun as the first film, reminding audiences that sequels aren’t always a bad thing, especially when your film has endless amounts of creativity bursting out of every scene in eye-popping 3D. Cloudy 2 is a fast and funny family film that’s cleverly executed and full of delicious food-related puns, wild and exotic locations/creatures and just as much story as the first film.
Flint (Bill Hader), Sam (Anna Faris) and the rest of their gang (and town) have somehow survived the wild events of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Flint invented a machine that turned weather into food and soon enough he had to put an end to it before the entire town was a giant plate of spaghetti. Now, Flint and the rest of the town must relocate as a popular inventor/scientist by the name of Chester V (Will Forte) comes in to clean up the saucy mess that Flint’s machine left on the town.
They relocate, but soon realize that they might never go home, because Chester and his team of bright coat-wearing know-it-alls are having difficulties locating the machine and now they’ve called upon Flint to help find it.
Flint and the gang soon realize that things aren’t exactly as they seem and that their town might be better off left in the hands of these newly-formed food creatures that can talk and walk.
Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron‘s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is an absolute blast from start-to-finish. Cloudy 2 is one of those sequels that takes almost everything that worked in the first film and only helps by adding on and creating an even more expansive world, full of food-related creatures and excitement.
I was worried that Cloudy 2 wouldn’t be nearly as creative and clever as the first, because directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller stepped down and decided to only act as writers, but Pearn and Cameron somehow managed to continue that wild and crazy brand of filmmaking with something that is just as full of that insane energy that made the first one so special.
Cloudy 2‘s dialogue is wittier and quicker than the first, leaving children constantly in a state of awe, while us adults still have something to laugh over and discuss. There’s also a grander feel to it all, because now the entire town is covered with food and basically turned into a leftovers jungle, which opens up an entire different look at the world already created.
Think of Cloudy 2 as The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It features similar characters and settings, but also adds onto and expands even more. There’s also a ton of Jurassic Park references sprinkled throughout the film, which makes the comparison a little more valid.
Bill Hader, Anna Faris and most of the original cast return to do some splendid voice overs that gives Cloudy 2 that unique range of cast members, with the addition of Will Forte and Terry Crews (replacing Mr. T). All appear to have great chemistry, which helps the jokes pump out even faster and stick for longer periods of time.
Pearn and Cameron’s direction proves to be almost as visually crazy as Lord and Miller’s. I still think Lord and Miller tend to kick all of their films up another notch, but Pearn and Cameron hold their own very well, thanks to the strong writing and already established world. They both bring enough new ideas to the film to warrant its release, which is rare for most animated sequels.
Cloudy 2 doesn’t feel like a rushed money grab or something made for the sake of it. It feels like a sequel that was well thought and executed with the same amount of care and perfection as its predecessor. This makes Cloudy 2 a sequel that’s actually worth seeing in theaters and in 3D. The extra dimension helps the world come alive and brings you that much closer to eating one of the film’s many spider hamburgers or talking strawberries.
Don’t let the sequel rule of thumb push you away from this one. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is every bit as good as the original film. I wouldn’t say that it’s completely better, but there are moments that stick out as memorable and just as exciting and fun as the first film. I’d love to watch both films back-to-back someday, to really appreciate the style and direction that’s clearly present over both of the films.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – 8/10