Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Movie Review

Also while at Journalism Camp, we were asked to watch a movie and review it! We watched "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Here is my review:

On the island of Swallow Falls, the citizens must eat sardines for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Flint Lockwood, played by Bill Hader, decides he must find a solution.
The film “Cloudy with a Chance of meatballs” was based on a book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. It was produced by Sony Pictures Animations and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It was released in September of 2009. The movie was rated PG for brief mild language. The length of the film was 90 minutes.
As a child, Flint was different from other kids. He creates funky inventions such as hair unbalder, spray on shoes, and monkey though interpreters. His mother, Fran Lockwood who is played by Lauren Graham, was supportive of Flint’s science experiments, while his father Tim, played by James Caan, wished he would spend more time helping out in the family tackle shop. Flint’s mother dies and Tim is left to care for Flint. The sardine factory in Swallow Falls fails and the residents are forced to consume the sardines. Eventually they grow sick of this and Flint thinks he has a solution. At the unveiling of a new town tourism site, he accidentally launches a machine that turns water into food into the sky. Corn, pizza, and ice cream begin to fall from the sky. This works well for a while until the food began to grow in size. Then Flint and his new found friends must save the world from being buried by food.
A major focus point was originality or being yourself. Fran said to her son, “The world needs your originality.” She was right. The world is a much better place when everyone is different and unique. Collaboration, ideas, and new inventions come from such a world. This movie is a wonderful family movie for people of all ages. It combines humor with love and creative thinking. Flint as well as other characters found that it was good to be themselves and not be afraid of what other people think. This movie was great because it showed sentimental and funny sides to all characters. Though, many times the story felt too creative and far-fetched. I’m sure it followed the story line of the book but it felt as though it was unrealistic and similar to so many other children’s stories. I would give “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” a rating of four out of five.

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