What do you get when you cross Jurassic Park and the food creations of Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann: Food Play? You get a magical land that will make you think twice about throwing your fruits and veggies into the trash bin. Oh yeah, you also get the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Flint Lockwood’s dreams have come true and he is not employed The Live Corp Company. He has everything he’s worked for, but when he finds out that his infamous machine (from the first installment) is still operating and is now creating food-animal hybrids, he must leave his dream job to turn it off. The machine is hidden in the magical world of food that has been transformed into a mutant food land where pickles walk around and watermelons act like elephants. As Flint makes his way through the land, alongside his friends, he starts to really see the land for what it is, and he’s not quite sure if destroying his machine is the answer.
The first time I saw the movie Jurassic Park, I had this wonderful feeling deep inside. I couldn’t believe that Hollywood could bring dinosaurs back to life. Watching them walk across the screen made me feel like anything is possible in the movies. I had that same feeling with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The land that the machine has made brings its viewers to a magical place where food has come to life and morphed into something special. You have walking and talking strawberries, potato hippos, and spider-like hamburgers. The animation was fun for the kids. My seven-year-old son, who came along as my guest, delighted in seeing some of his favorite foods appear as animals on the screen. He kept whispering the animals that the fruits represented and couldn’t help but giggle. Of course there is humor that the kids can relate to, but the adults also get a good laugh in. The movie theater was full of laughter by young and old at several points in the movie.
Not only was the movie entertaining, but it also had a great message for kids. At one point, Flint has to choose between his idol Chester V or his friends. He struggles between wanting to make his boss happy, someone he’s looked up to since childhood, and believing his friends. My son even asked me, “Mom, why doesn’t he like his friends anymore?” He definitely got the lesson that they wanted him to. You feel bad for Flint and you become worried about whether this beautiful world of mutated fruit his machine created will survive. (The “bad guy” Chester V reminds me of Steve Jobs a little, but the children wouldn’t quite get it).
Overall, I really liked the film. It was entertaining for both children and adults. It had lively animation, good music, and it taught a very important lesson. I would recommend it to kids of all ages and I know my four-year-old is going to love it. This is definitely a family movie that everyone will enjoy.
Coverage brought to you by Surf and Sunshine Contributing Journalist Laura G. who attended an advance press screening in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are original.