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Bilge Ebiri’s “All the Speedy Action” Has Too Little Action

In response to Bilge Ebiri’s 573‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Vulture

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Bilge Ebiri’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Has All the Speedy Action and Wordplay of the First” has a marvelously long title. For such an ostentatious description used to introduce the review, what followed was definitely less than satisfying at best and incomplete and hollow at worst.

It would seem that  a substantial portion of Ebiri’s  word-count comes from the title alone. All The Speedy Action doesn’t feel rushed, so much as it feels unfinished, there is a sense that more could have been said about the film other than its pace and its imaginative punning.

If that isn’t the case surely something could have been said of the visuals or the vocal performances of the actors. Instead, we are treated to a mini retread of the first film’s good traits, and an extended plot synopsis that actually gave a little too much detail of what happens in the film.  

As with a typical Ebiri piece the writing is beyond solid. There are the beginning pieces of an argument that never fully materializes. Ebiri clearly liked the movie and there are hints here and there that reveal this sentiment. However, to assume that it was the wit of the film alone that struck the critic’s fancy is a bit of a stretch.  

The lack of exposition and the general incompleteness of the write-up places this review firmly in the  “it’s okay” but not highly recommended camp.    

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