When you’re a film lover, and even more so when you’re a film reviewer, you often have a first world problem with what to watch, which is compounded even more when you’ve likely seen most things that are on at the cinema. This past week I’ve been faced with this twice, with my only two options being, Insidious 2, even though I haven’t seen the first, and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, which I thought the first was pretty average.
Though with film being my passion, and my job, I was always going to have to choose one for my weekly trip to the cinema, and the fact I’m currently on my holiday break during this festive season, meant I have even more time on my hands, which meant I was likely to see at least two this week. So there were many signs pointing to me having to pick one. So, seeing as I thought it was a bad idea seeing a sequel for a film I’ve never seen, I decide that meant Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 was my only option.
When I saw the first film, it wasn’t at the cinema and instead on blu-ray, as even the first didn’t entice me enough to see it on the big screen. When I did watch it, it just felt average, though the idea was interesting, and it was visually impressive, but for whatever reason, and I guess I struggle to put my finger on it, it just ended up not hitting the beats that get me interested in a film. Because of this, I hadn’t even seen the trailer for the sequel, as I expected to skip it, but alas, that was not the case, so I went into this one knowing nothing about it.
I’ll say one thing for Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, it sure let me have a good 15 minute nap during it. Just like the first one, it had an outlandish concept, with pretty cool visuals, but other than that I didn’t get much else out of these films. Sure there were a few good adult jokes thrown in, and the colour palette was something to behold, but I’m going to walk away not really remembering much else about it.
Yes, people will say these are kid’s films and shouldn’t be judged so hard, but I could list off a long list of so called kids animated films that are awesome, for both kids and adults. Because of that I hold all these films up to the same standards, unless they genuinely are only for kids, like if they made a Wiggles feature film. So for the foreseeable future, when I see these animated kids films, I will be expecting to have enough in them to see me through to the end and taken on a good ride at the same time.
7 out of 10 from me!!!