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Ben Kendrick’s “Cloudy 2” Review Spends Too Much Time on Who Voiced Whom

In response to Ben Kendrick’s 1075‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on ScreenRant

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To get to the meat of Ben Kendrick’s “‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’ Review,” one must first endure an obstacle course of parentheses in the opening paragraph. Most, but not all, of these parenthetical interjections are to note which voice actor voiced which character. It’s all well and good to provide that information, but cramming it all in the opening sentences makes for a real tedious start to the proceedings.

Parentheses show up pretty regularly throughout the course of the review, too, as well as more interjections about who is providing the voice for every single one of the characters mentioned. And boy are there are a lot of characters.

If you can get past all the parentheses, the rest of the review is not all that bad. It lightly summarizes the film and effectively portrays its strengths and weaknesses. Kendrick won’t be winning any prizes, but his writing gets the job done.

Extra points for style go to the white font on a dark background. It may not be in vogue right now, but it does allow the colorful screenshots from the movie to come alive against their gray backdrop.

In the end, Kendrick’s Cloudy with a Chance is a mostly competent review, if not the most elegantly written one. Readers may balk at all the parentheses they have to maneuver around, but if they put in the time they’ll find some worthwhile criticism under the layer of awkwardness.    

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