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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3D Review
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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3D Review
Developed by: Sony Pictures Animation
Published by: Columbia Pictures

Animations are not my favourite type of film I’ll be honest. But since Digital 3D has come into our cinemas on a regular basis, I couldn’t help but check out, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Okay, firstly I wanted to get this out there and say that this film is probably one of the most original animations that have been released in years and you can really tell. It’s not a sequel, it’s not been re-made from film to film, this started out as a children’s book by Judi Barrett. Although not 100% true to the book, Sony have created a vivid iteration of what the author was trying to describe to their audience.

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So what’s the basis of the story, I mean you must kind of know what happens right? The film’s poster has massive meatballs dropping from the sky! That alone would have anyone intrigued. Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) is a young inventor who has trouble seeing, eye to eye with his technophobic father over his enthusiasm for science and gadget making. Flint has an unsuccessful childhood inventing all manners of failed inventions and his father just wants to see him get a job helping him at his tackle shop. At the town Flint lives the only food source they eat is Sardines, which the taste for finally ran dry by their potential consumers worldwide. As a result the town were facing bleak times and bleak flavours. Flint Lockwood then stumbles across an invention that creates food out of water, his invention causes a power outage in his town and almost lands him in to trouble with Officer Earl Devereux the towns athletic cop (voiced by the legend Mr T) Flint becomes hated until he finds that his invention (that rocketed into the sky), had actually worked and caused food to rain over the town where they lived.

That’s all I’m going to give without completely bricking the plotline. So how is the movie? Highly entertaining! It doesn’t have the biggest A-List cast and to be honest that’s great because there is something highly annoying about hearing the same A-List actors in every animation known to man. Secondly the visuals are utterly beautiful and are arguably some of the most groundbreaking yet. When you combine this with the Digital 3D technology, you really get a visceral experience. Don’t be disillusioned though don’t expect things to pop out of the screen, because it doesn’t. Sony have used the 3D technology to add a layer of depth to the image, with certain scenes having you want to reach your arm out and touch inside of the image. This is great celluloid. The animation is beautifully colourful when Flint’s invention is working and in contrast dull when the town is going through its bad times. One of the most impressive visuals was the rocket vapour trails which went swirling around the cinema in a beautiful ambient radiance.

As for the cast, it’s a tight selection Andy Samberg does a great job of portraying washed up town celebrity Baby Brent and Anna Faris does a cracking job of playing female protagonist & reporter Sam Sparks. You couldn’t pick a greater voice cast for this movie and even the dry and monotone voice of Flint’s father (played by James Caan) adds nice variety from the higher enthusiastic, sugar crunching tone the movies other cast generally has.

All in all, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is a cracking movie, it’s original, well voice acted, has wonderful visuals and brings to life the book without selling out and changing the narrative to a point it’s barely recognizable.

9/10

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