Animated sequels can be very hit and miss, as generally most stories in animated films are supposed to be one and done, and 2009’s ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ definitely seemed to be one of those films. Still, animated sequels are an easy sell to most families, even following a summer of over-saturation.
That being said, the marketing for ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’ was wonderful, but left out telling us what the film was actually about, and after having seen the film, that was a good call by Sony’s marketing department. The plot of this film was weak and the antagonist was flimsy and took me out of the film every time he appeared.
Had ‘Cloudy 2’ stuck to a natural progression from the first film, which was what half of it actually did, this could have been my third favourite animated film of the year. In the end, it played heavily towards children, both of my sons loved it, and did not have enough humour to make even its 95 minute run time seem necessary.
‘Cloudy 2’ takes a huge dip from the original, which I can still watch to this day and find new things, and it’s re-hashed scenes from the original and a cringe-worthy antagonist make this film one that will suffer in the long term.
If you have a child that loves the original, and with the next family friendly film not out until mid-November, I would recommend ‘Cloudy 2’. But for the rest of us, hold off on catching this in the theatres.
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