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“Chance of Meatballs” by Bill Goodykoontz Has Wisdom; Thin Middle

In response to Bill Goodykoontz’s 529‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Arizona Republic

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Bill Goodykoontz delivers a solid performance in his latest review, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, 4 stars.” Although the best work of the critic is not on display, one will undoubtedly notice the polish of a veteran, and be satisfied with the effort.

4 stars begins with a brief, yet effective, paragraph that provides context for the reader and background of the franchise. Goodykoontz transitions smoothly into a quality general statement for his review, which is neither bold nor hilarious, just a guiding hand for the reader as the ride continues on.

The overall work of Goodykoontz takes a step backwards with the average and boring four paragraphs of plot description. It is only towards the end that the critic offers a tiny bit of humor, but sadly the reader may already be gone by that point.  

4 stars redeems itself in the final, entertaining paragraphs, in which Goodykoontz comments on the life lessons of the film and why the over-the-top gags compliment the storytelling.  

Bill Goodykoontz is a fine critic who has provided timeless insight for fans and fellow critics alike, however the poor middle section of 4 stars detracts from making this one of his best. The performance is, however, enough for loyal followers to be satisfied and useful enough for the common reader to give him another chance.    

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