Ebiri: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Has All the Speedy Action and Wordplay of the First


The indiscriminate hyperactivity of most kids’ movies today usually feels like a problem. The ones that slow things down a little (like Wall-e) or twin their zip with visual or verbal wit (like Monsters Inc. or even Despicable Me) tend to rise to the top. The original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, based on and enhanced from the beloved children’s story, was fast — fast in action, fast in plot, and fast in wordplay. While it was often all over the place, it worked, because directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ladled out the chaos with such charm.  Read More...



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