Thursday, July 3, 2014

One Minute Movie Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Director's Cody Cameron, the original Shrek, and Kris Pearn bring us the standard formulaic CGI animated fare that is anything, but typical and formulaic.  The original was based on the beloved children's book, this go round, Cameron and Pearn create an completely fresh and original take that is surprisingly unique and inspired.  Most of the original cast is back to voice this food focused sequel that is a buffet of sharp quips, tasty puns, sappy slapstick, delicious Jurassic Park parody, and, at times, laugh at loud moments.   The plot is unique and engaging, even for the younger set  with stellar performances making this second outing as good or better as it predecessor.   It has a quick pace, but not so much that it loses a single step in the quality of its story or character development.    A heartwarming yarn about friendship and ambition that will both entertain and capture the imagination. The animation is wonderfully elaborate, some of the best in the industry.   A definitive win. 4 out of 5 Kernels; sweet, spicy, and salty, a marvelously satisfying feast for the senses.

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