While the story isn't the greatest with this animated feature fans of the genre and younger viewers will enjoy the film due to all the bright colours and continuous action. Some of the attempts at comedy work while others don't, but be warned that it is not of your middle-of-the-road variety; the comedy in the film is most certainly of the quirky variety.
Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader – Superbad, Year One) is a young man who loves inventing things. Most of his inventions do not end up doing what they claim to, but that does not deter him from keeping at it. It seems like his latest invention is also a failure when it destroys the town square and flies off into the clouds. Flint begins to think that his future as an inventor has also gone up in smoke.
Just when he thinks he has hit rock bottom things begin to turn around. Suddenly cheeseburgers begin to fall from the sky. And they are delicious! His machine works! Once the town members figure out that it is Flint's machine that is creating the food they begin to make crazy requests for massive amounts of food.
All the demands begin to put too much pressure on the machine and it begins to fail. But not before it causes spaghetti tornadoes and giant meatballs hurtling towards Earth from the sky. It is now up to Flint, Steve his talking monkey (Neil Patrick Harris – from How I Met Your Mother) and the local weather girl, Sam Sparks (Anna Faris – The House Bunny, Brokeback Mountain) to figure out a way to shut the machine down before it buries everyone in junk food.
Most parents of young people will be familiar with the film because it is based on a wildly popular kids' book of the same title. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have done a good job balancing being faithful to the book and turning it into a big screen feature.
The story involves your typical lovable nerd who is trying to be seen as cool by everyone around him. It works for a while, but doesn't last. It is almost painful to watch him in all his social awkwardness, but that is part of what makes him so likeable.
Kids will love the flying food all in bright colours and the goofy characters. It is a fun, lighthearted film that will not make a lasting impression on you, but you will enjoy it as you watch it.
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