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John Beifuss’s “That Dreams Are Made Of” Blazes Its Own Path

In response to John Beifuss’s 692‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) 

http://blogs.commercialappeal.com/the_bloodshot_eye/2013/09/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs-2---a-review.html#more

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John Beifuss’s “‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2‘—A Review: The Foodstuff That Dreams Are Made Of” is a unique experience, both in presentation and in content.

The first thing that any non-blind person will notice upon visiting the web page on which the review is housed. The review isn’t sprinkled, it’s downright populated, with colorful and varied pictures of scenes in the film. Ten pictures in total punctuate the review making for a visually immersive experience.

Not everyone will enjoy the extremely high amount of pictures. They do have the inevitable tendency to interrupt the flow of the writing, which is certainly the case here. But at least for the first half, when the writing is focusing on how impressively colorful and visually engaging the film is, having a parallel experience within the review itself is effective and memorable.

As far as the writing goes, it can’t help but feel choppy with the regular interruptions. There are a lot of familiar beats here, Jurassic Park, the first Cloudy, the constant gags, but there’s also a new and unique take here.

Beifuss focuses the last section of the review on the dichotomous experiences that parents and children will have, which aspects of the film were geared toward which audience. It becomes more urgent and earnest though, when Beifuss turns his attention on to how parents may interpret the portions of the film that were intended for their children. It makes for compelling reading with a unique viewpoint adding to the conversation.    

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