Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie Review

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner falling straight out of the sky. Hamburgers, doughnuts, spaghetti, candy, any food you could dream of raining down in strange weather clouds. In many ways, this would seem like a lazy cook’s dream. Or a crazy inventor’s way to save a town which had been forced to eat nothing but sardines for years.

In the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, college-age inventor Flint Lockwood lives in Swallow Falls, a town that has nearly fallen off the map since their one export, sardines, fell out of popularity with the rest of the world, forcing the residents to eat nothing but sardines all of the time. This conundrum inspires Flint, along with his pet monkey, Steve, to invent a machine that turns water into food. Good food.

This movie is based on a book by the same title by Judi Barrett, but takes some very different turns as far as explanations go. All of the characters in the movie were created by screenwriters. The movie is also much more futuristic than the book, which was written in 1978, making our world of today look like the world of tomorrow in comparison.

I saw this movie in 3-D, which was a very interesting experience. Overall, it enhanced the movie experience for me. This movie is good to see if you are up for a good silly laugh, because there are lots of jokes, even if most of them are aimed at 3rd graders. However, if you don’t like small children ruining the quiet of your movie experience, this would not be the movie for you. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is G rated family fun, a fine movie if you have a little kid with you, or perhaps a little kid inside of you.

6 out of 10.