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Rich Cline’s Second Attempt “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” Is Decent

In response to Rich Cline’s 365‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Shadows on the Wall

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Rich Cline might be the most prolific film critic of the current age. Not only does he tackle most major releases, he does so twice. What other film critic out there is regularly performing double duty on as regular a basis as Cline? None come to mind.

What compels Cline to revisit his work as often as he does is a bit of a mystery. It also makes it difficult to categorize his works. Is his “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” a remake or is it a completely new creation? 

Interestingly, Cline doesn’t treat a whole lot of new ground here, though his views do get a bit more fleshed out. The introduction to his work feels like a slightly reworked version of his work for Connectmusic. If you’re having deja vu, there’s a good reason for that.

In this trip out, Cline comes off as a bit more dismissive than he normally does. He waives off the idea that any deeper subtext exists below the surface of the film, presumably because he failed to find one. Given the interesting takes of his colleagues, Cline’s claims don’t hold much weight here. Plenty of subtext has been found.

The distracting use of the plural first person throughout the work rings of a waiter asking his table what appetizer “we’re going to get tonight.” It’s a little distracting, especially for how often it’s employed.

Nonetheless, Cline’s work ethic must be recognized, and the work, though not perfect, can certainly be applauded for a more or less successful reworking of his earlier material.    

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