Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

Let me start off by saying I am not a movie/music critic or reviewer. I'm a consumer with opinions. Hopefully, over time you will find my opinions useful either because you agree or disagree with me. If you find you agree then you can also "consume" the same things I like. If you don't then avoid them. Either way, as I say, my opinions should prove useful over time.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs - PG So, as we've told some of you, beginning in October we will be performing at the Hollywood Theater - Tyler Rose. One of the perks for this gig is the opportunity to preview films before they are released. Tonight (Thursday the 17th) we saw two movies. The first one was "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," and the other was, "9," which I'll talk about in a separate blog.

When I was an adolescent I loved movies by Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, and guys like Jerry Lewis. I loved to laugh and these movies were side splitters for me. The only thing is, when I grew up I found that some of these weren't nearly as funny as I remembered them being. "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs," made me laugh like those films I enjoyed as a kid. The difference is I'm as grown up as I'm ever going to get, as far as I can tell.

The premise was just as silly as some of those. A young scientist invents a machine that converts water into food and makes things like cheeseburgers rain from the sky. Preposterous, yes, but it's as good a place to start for absolutely silly fun as anywhere. I'm not going to make it a habit to spoil films for you so I won't talk much about plots, but I know Bree and I were laughing out loud through this whole film.

The first thing that impressed me was the writing. It may or may not be the kind of humor you like but for me it always comes back to great writing. Many companies can give you descent computer animation, but so what? I thought the character design was great as were the personalities and the actors who portrayed them. Believe it or not the visual effects were surprisingly excellent considering how silly some of them were. Where else can you see a "real live" spaghetti tornado that looks good enough to eat? But it was the humor that made this one for me.

For me, this movie was better than anything Pixar has done since they were bought out by the Disney company. Great to look at, but mostly just plain funny. Remember, I'm not likely to ever say, "You're going to love this film," or, "You've got to see this," but you can rest assured that "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs" become a part of our video library when it's released. So as time goes by you'll learn what I like and how my opinion compares to your own. I think most kids (young and old) will enjoy this movie and for hilarious, silly nonsense this movie did it for me. How about you?

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