Monday, 21 September 2009

Film review: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (****)

While maybe not as narratively rigorous as the best of Pixar but frequently as funny and as visually inventive, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs works it charms from the opening credits, with the possessory card "A Film By" not given solely to directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller but to "A Lot Of People". Loosely based on a picture book by Judi and Ron Barrett, this stomach-centric comic adventure revolves around a water-into-food device cooked up by struggling inventor Flint (Bill Hader) that results in all manner of edible delights falling from the sky: be it steaks, spaghetti, pizza, snow ice cream. For the kids it all adds up to a winning mix of silly slapstick and food related gags. For the adults there's a dash of wry humour and a sprinkling of subtext regarding obesity and greed. The animation style is highly graphic and effective, the characters a real delight, particularly Flint's dad, voiced by James Caan, whose eyes are constantly covered by his eyebrows, except when he's surprised. I'd be happy to visit this bunch once again.

Here's an interview with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord.


Gerard said...

I've been paying zero attention to this as the trailer really didn't do much for me, but the more I read, the keener I am to check it out. Nice voice cast, too.

Mark Salisbury said...

I kept seeing posters for it, but because I wasn't familiar with the book I had no idea what to expect. The trailer was okay but this really was a pleasant surprise.

Rejean said...

It's Phil Lord- Peter Lord is the founder of Aardman Animation!

Mark Salisbury said...

You are indeed correct Rejean and my head is suitably hung in shame.

It will be corrected forthwith.