Running time: 90 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): U
Watched at the cinema Saturday 3rd October 2009.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW.
First of all let me say I didn’t see this in 3D, there has been a bit of a debate about 3D recently on the media and I get the impression that, in a lot of cases, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. I will maybe see the 3D version at a later date, but my local cinema doesn’t have the option (yet). The film is set on an island in the Atlantic where the main industry was sardines, until the world decided they were gross. This leaves the inhabitants with nothing to eat but sardines. Flint Lockwood has always wanted to be an inventor. Some of his inventions include spray-on shoes that you can’t get off, rat-birds and a monkey translator. As you can imagine, not very useful. But his latest, and best, invention is a machine that takes in water at one end and produces any kind of food at the other!
The mayor is about to announce a plan to help the island’s failing economy when Flint tries to start his invention using power from the town’s grid. Unfortunately it goes wrong and the machine is sucked into the clouds. A weather girl, Sam Sparks, who’s been sent by the network to cover the mayor’s announcement, gets involved when she is the first to witness, along with Flint & his monkey, Steve, food falling from the skies! The Mayor persuades Flint to program the machine to deliver all kinds of food. As his popularity rises, even the local cop, Earl Devereaux requests food for his son’s birthday. The only one not getting it is Flint’s dad, Tim, who just wants him to come and work with him in his bait store. Eventually the machine begins to malfunction and the food it’s producing begins to get dangerously large. This is where the fun really starts! I won’t say any more, don’t want to put too many spoilers in here!
I lost count of how many movie references were included in this film; they just kept coming and coming. Fortunately it didn’t detract too much from what was a really decent story. I found the first 30 or 40 minutes a little tedious, but then again, I guess I’m not really the target audience. But after that, the pace picked up and the gags and the movie references really kicked in. Great performances from the voice talents of all the cast, particularly, Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Andy Samberg as ‘Baby’ Brent, Bruce Campbell as Mayor Shelbourne and Mr. T as Earl Devereaux. Great animation, as we’ve come to expect these days, and a really decent story, with a lot of laughs. Over all, a really enjoyable film with a bit of something for everyone!
My score: 7.5/10
IMDb Site: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt1235124/
Official Site: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/cloudywithachanceofmeatballs/