review: cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 (2013)

Ok, so I absolutely loved the first Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs film. I know it is targeted towards kids, but man was it funny. I was expecting equally as great things from the second film, even though sequels or spinoffs are very rarely good, and of course – I was greatly disappointed.

Synopsis (IMDB): Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

I really think the CWACOM team should have just stuck with the first film and ended with a bang. The whole plot of this sequel was just so…. blah. Everything had been done already, nothing was new or exciting. There was really no way to extend the story from the first film well. Unfortunately, the same can be said regarding the jokes in the screenplay. Now, it is usually pretty funny when jokes refer to other jokes made in the past, resulting in a sort of nostalgic humour. However, when one decides to do this, one must ADD something fresh to it, making it FUNNIER than the last time the joke was made. In this case, the re-done jokes were executed so plainly – it was so underwhelming and everything didn’t feel funny or nostalgic, just stale.

Additionally, the animation quality itself was very unimpressive. The quality of movement and detail onscreen seemed very amateurish. It kind of reminded me of the quality of Shrek – the first one. Which happened over 10 years ago. So yeah, not exactly a good thing.

Ugh – I’m so upset this wasn’t good :(

One good thing however – the strawberry was pretty cute.

just my rating: ★★

Other reviews on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2:
100 Films in a Year – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Julia Likes Cartoons – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Problem with Sequels
Meera’s Blog – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Film Review

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