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Roger Moore’s “Cloudy 2” Reviews Fails to Address Core Audience

In response to Roger Moore’s 406‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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The key to understanding Roger Moore’s latest review, “Movie Review: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” is to navigate through the maze that appears to be one giant paragraph. The visual appeal is frightening, however the content will likely be more pleasing to the reader.

Moore makes a clear argument in the open by pointing out that a sequel is difficult to pull off once the original has already provided the initial surprise. The critic notes the visual brilliance in the production  but is not too impressed with the comedic disposition of the film.

The middle section addresses the key plot points, but fails to note why the humor doesn’t work. In addition, Moore refrains from commenting on the key attributes of the characters and why they may or may not appeal to a a younger crowd (along with the jokes). Perhaps the film is not on the level of Academy Award talk, but there must be an audience that would enjoy reading further commentary that digs a little deeper. The messy construction of paragraphs only adds to the problem.

Moore’s acknowledges the work of the art and design team, but closes out the review with biting words on the script and moral lessons of the film.

The major problem of Cloudy 2 is not the visual appearance or even the content itself, but Moore’s refusal to acknowledge the film’s core audience: kids. What will make them laugh? What could be left out? Moore doesn’t say for sure, but he sticks to his argument.    

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