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Graham Young’s Bite-Size “Movie Review: Cloudy” Is Slight and Unfocused

In response to Graham Young’s 265‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Birmingham Mail

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Graham Young has a lot to say in “Movie review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (U)” and not a lot of space to say it in. The end result is a rather scatterbrained and, at times, incoherent series of rambling sentences that will leave you scratching your head.  

The subject of Young’s writing shifts so quickly and abruptly that you’ll begin to wonder if it’s meant to be an homage to the “scatterbrained” film he professes to be reviewing.

Movie review: Cloudy is simply too short to successfully explore all that Young wishes to. Beyond the usual cast mentions and plot descriptions, the critic throws in handfuls of 2D to 3D comparisons, descriptions of the soundtrack, comparisons to the first movie, and most inexplicably, a comparison to the film Turbo which is somehow meant to serve as a satisfying comparison.

Most problematic is that Young writes as though most of the relevant decisions have already been made. It’s not a question of whether his readers will see the movie, it’s a question of whether or not to see it in 2D or 3D. This after-the-fact approach robs the work of any power it may have had. Young writes as a man defeated, that despite the film’s failings he knows there is nothing he can do to keep readers from inevitably seeing it. As a result, he doesn’t even try.    

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