Saturday, May 29, 2010

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" [B]

A minute into the closing credits, it occurred to me that what I'd just seen, the whole hour and a half, was reminiscent of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine - an absurd primary color world that even the characters don't quite understand. No, there isn't a cartoon rock band or blue meanies, but there is a struggle to find one's identity. In this instance, the seeker is a young inventor who's always felt like, and been treated as, an outcast.

When one of his inventions finally works, and seems to solve the problems of his community by producing food from water that literally falls from the sky like rain, he seems to be accepted. Obviously, this will lead to problems. However, the problems have to escalate to the usual level of worldwide cataclysm to be solved. And then they must be solved in usual manner of epic battle. Thankfully, this typical story plays out in imaginative and entertaining fashion. You've never seen food issues like this before.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (IMDb)

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