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Tara Brady’s “Cloudy” Charms With Light, Likable Tone

In response to Tara Brady’s 335‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Irish Times

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While it’s not likely to knock your proverbial socks off, Tara Brady’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” is as light as a pastry and goes down like a milk shake,  but still manages to offer plenty of nutritional value.

She never lets up on her good natured tone and that makes for an airy, pleasant read. But don’t mistake light hearted for light content. This is no one dimensional review; Brady is a seasoned veteran and there’s serious analysis behind her sprightly tone.  

Brady resists the urge to jam her critique chock full of culinary quips (as is the wont of other reviewers) and instead opts for a more studious approach, giving readers something substantial but fun to breeze through without being cloying.

And Brady does plenty of criticism here, hardly touching on the plot points and characters and blessedly using her space to analyze and process the film to great effect.

According to Brady this “zany, DayGlo sequel suffers from major symptoms of sequelitis” and the actors “do just enough to persuade us that this is more than a straight-to-video cash-in.”

It’s not essential reading, but it offers consistent, enjoyable quality for the casual reader and you won’t be missing out on anything if this is the only review you read for Cloudy 2.    

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