Tuesday, 6 April 2010
DVD REVIEW: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Available now on DVD and Blu-ray
Released in cinemas last year in a 3D version, Meatballs should prove no less enjoyable in one's lounge room in a 2D format. No doubt the film's hero, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), would be able to invent some elaborate device to allow for the conversion; there'd be no annoying glasses for this geek.
Flint's had a love of inventing since childhood but as an adult, he's developed into a borderline crazy scientist. His latest invention: a device used to create food from water. It is when the device is accidentally launched into space and proceeds to rain food down on his home town of Swallow Falls, that Flint becomes the local hero, impressing everyone but his dad.
Of course, the device soon gets out of control, as does the town's mayor (Bruce Campbell) who wants to use it to make the town a tourist mecca. Throw in a love interest, Sam Sparks (Anna Faris, voicing the TV intern who dumbs herself down to get ahead in life as a weather girl!) and Steve, a talking monkey of sorts, both on hand to help Flint try and stop his creation as well as win his father's approval.
While the torrents of food stuffs raining down may not be as impressive without 3D, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs is still fun enough, with the humour and heart certainly coming through. And with a paucity of quality kids films in cinemas these school holidays, you could do a lot worse for your viewing diet than adding a serve of Meatballs to your DVD menu.