In the era of numerous but not always successful sequels, Sony attempts to make an impact this weekend with it’s release of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. While not met with the most positive reviews, box office gurus claim that it will make around 35 million this opening weekend, some even saying it will top 40 million.
The first movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs came out over 4 years ago and has since made 245 million in profit. Directors Kris Pearn and Cody Cameron returned to direct this sequel, and have garnered a strong celebrity voice cast including Anna Faris, Andy Smaberg, Bill Hader, and Neil Patrick Harris.
The movie has been met with some strong opposition. It currently stands with a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is not a lot to be proud of. In addition to this, many critics have blasted the production.
From the Animation Magazine’s article:
“It’s another brightly rendered effort, but, as the title indicates, a lot of the real creativity seems to have been used up the first time around.” – Tom Russo, Boston Globe
In my opinion, I really do agree. I didn’t see the first Cloudy movie, but I had read the book. I believe making a sequel somewhat sucks the life out of the story and offers nothing new or delightful to the viewer. All the “surprise” of giant food falling from the sky has been used up. However, I may go see this movie before I say anything too strong about it.