I just came back from an outdoor screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in my local park. While the movie had its moments, it got more and more ridiculous. It was funny, just really absurd.
What really got to me was the general message it was sending to kids about food and how you should treat food. With today’s growing dependence on fast and on the go food, and the increasing obesity rate in children, this is definitely a good movie to subtly make kids aware of what they are putting in their mouths.
Spoiler Alert!! Stop here if you haven’t seen the movie and don’t want to know what happens!
The basic premise of the movie is that this kid (Flint) invents a machine that can turn water into food. This invention is especially important because the inhabitants of the island he is on only has access to sardines. Of course things get out of hand (mutant giant food!) and the Flint has to go and fix it or else the whole world would be crushed by a pile of food (dun dun DUNNNN).
The city is overtaken by gluttony with everyone putting in requests for different foods. The machine is overworked and ultimately starts making mutations. This intense consumption of food can be seen throughout the movie. In one scene, the child of a police officer is seen eating too much candy and he ultimately falls into a food coma. The child can only be revived with a stalk of celery. This definitely sends the right message to kids. The mayor of the city can’t stop consume and is overtaken by his mission to make money and as the story continues, he gets larger and larger and can’t stop eating even when his survival is at risk. He is blinded by his need to consume more and more, be it food or money because, to quote his character, “bigger is better.”
The whole message from the movie is that bigger isn’t always better, that gluttony is bad, and too much of one thing really isn’t healthy for you. I think it comes across pretty heavily, but to a kid, probably much more subtly. No matter what you do, you can’t always get what you want and what you may want may not necessarily be the best for you.
After watching these cartoon characters stuff themselves on food, it got a little gross. Definitely turn me off junk food. There were some killer gummy bears that make me not want to eat the ones I have and not to mention be afraid of my teddy bear.
I loved some of the puns and witty one liners – definitely my kind of humour!
“You may have seen a meteor shower, but I bet you’ve never seen a shower “meatier” than this.”
“My forecast? Sunny side up.” (in reference to it raining eggs sunny side up)
“I know we all blame Flint for this. In fact, the minute he steps out of that car, I’m gonna slap him in the face. He made a mess of things, but that mess was made to order, and it’s time we pay the bill.”
Overall the movie was funny, ridiculous and gross at times, but good for a laugh and mindless amusement. Aside from all the food themes, there were many typical kid story morels thrown in there which made much of the plot predictable. But after all, this movie was targeted to kids and the fact it was enjoyable for those older (but still a kid on the inside) makes it even better. I just wish I could have seen it in 3D with all the falling food!