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Jon Niccum’s “Cloudy 2” Review Focuses on the Positive

In response to Jon Niccum’s 614‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Kansas City Star

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The latest sturdy effort from Jon Niccum, “Cloudy With a chance of Meatballs 2: You’ll have a ball,” will provide the reader with entertainment, but not a full understanding of the film’s content.

Jon Niccum opens up with not “one true statement” but two, and this brilliant open will please former Kansas City Star writer Ernest Hemingway. The technique is effective and the critic says to the audience “My name is Jon Niccum and I am the protector of my reader.”

Have a ball rolls on with striking sentences that are memorable and  transition with ease to Niccum’s nifty plot description. The critic has a way of maintaining a high level of energy and keeping the reader connected. It’s an organic ebb and flow, and the new-age critic makes his mark with a discerning style.

Jon Niccum succeeds with the note-worthy middle section of have a ball that breaks down the plot, and identifies the influences of the filmmakers along with metaphors that help the reader see the larger picture without force-feeding them.

Despite a comprehensive review of film’s strong points, Niccum fails to deliver insight on the cons and what may be problematic for the reader. The result is that one may approach their experience with blindness, and be hurt by the critic’s review. Niccum’s conclusion is readable, but not necessarily memorable.    

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