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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 (2013/Sony Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: A/B Sound: A/B Extras: C Film: C

Whereas I exclaimed praises for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, demanding second helpings, the second film tastes more like reheated leftovers, than a fresh meal.

In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 we pick up (quite literally) where the last film left off. After shutting down the FLDSMDFR, which plagued the world with giant helpings of giant foods; Flint (Bill Hader) and Sam (Anna Ferris) set out to clean up the mess that was left behind. Scientist Chester V (Will Forte) enters the film as the hired gun (AKA world renowned scientist) to aid in the cleanup efforts. It just so happens that Chester V is Flint's lifelong idol and who inspired him to be a scientist/inventor. As was clearly demonstrated throughout the previews of this film, the issue becomes that the once edible foods have now evolved and SPRUNG to life. So, not only is the world plagued by a giant mess, but now ferocious (and not so ferocious) food beasts. It will become the task of Chester, Flint, Sam, and the inhabitants of Shallow Falls to slice and dice the beasts into submission; but in the end what you see may be more than you can stomach.

The film is brilliantly animated, fun, and has a lot of heart. Sadly, the film recycles many of the jokes from the first film (reviewed in Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray 3D editions elsewhere on this site); which were once fresh and inventive are now stale. The first film banked on its oddball humor and inventiveness, but in Cloudy 2 that inventiveness has fallen to the wayside instead feeding the audience pun after pun. The film starts off in the right direction, but quickly shifts back to Shallow Falls, where a rehashing of the first film (albeit with food monsters this time) takes place.

The film will be fun for younger audiences and will peak adults/first film fans interests for a bit, but in the end the film falls flat. Far from horrible, Cloudy 2 entertains but the bland humor and lack of ingenuity won't have fans clamoring for seconds (thirds?).

Whereas the film itself may have disappointed to a degree the HD quality surely does not! The 1080p/AVC encoded, MPEG-4 image is astoundingly flawless, and something we call in the tech world… demo worthy. The image is crisp, clean, and clear throughout without any issues. The colors are bright, the blacks are inky/framing, and shadowing is spot on. The detail on humans and food monsters alike is out of this world and will have your HD sets ablaze. A 3D version was also issued as it was released in many theater screenings. The sound is equally astounding in its 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless track that surrounds the viewer from beginning to end. The lively tracks has solid prioritization and panning effects coupled with crisp, clean dialogue. From a picture and sound perspective Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is flawless.

The extras are somewhat disappointing and host only a few noteworthy features (mostly the audio commentary). The special features I found to be all too short to be valuable and the longer ones seemed somewhat slapped together. Extras are as follows:

  • Audio Commentary

  • Deleted Scenes [HD]

  • Foodimals-Funimal App [HD]

  • Mini Movies

  • Cloudy CafĂ©: Who's on the Menu

  • Production Design: Back in the kitchen

  • Building the Foodimals

  • Anatomy of a Foodimal

  • Delicious Production Design

  • Awesome End Credits

  • The Movies Visually Style: Discussed by Production Designer Justin Thompson

  • Music Video

  • Making of La Da Dee Music Video

I love the characters of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the world it created, but this sequel was too much of the same to make the impact of the first film.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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