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Michael Smith’s “Review: ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ Is a Treat

In response to Michael Smith’s 596‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Tulsa World

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Michael Smith’s “Review: ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ is imbued with a certain hometown pride that informs the work in an enjoyable and unique way. Smith writes for Tulsa World, which happens to be headquatered in the former stomping grounds of the main actor. Smith’s work is prefaced and epilogued with references to the actor’s ties, clearly overflowing with pleasure at the connection. In fact, the work itself pivots on Hader’s Tulsa connection as it features prominently as the review shifts its focus from Cloudy 1 to Cloudy 2.

Such name dropping might come off as distracting and sad if it weren’t so wonderfully woven into a work that is as proud and satisfied with Hader’s work as it is with his success and fame. Smith’s review is more than competent, it is highly entertaining, insightful, and meaty.

Smith isn’t afraid to seek out the themes in what other critics have dismissed as nothing more than a loud cash-in. Smith nimbly balances the film’s inspirations with clever references and a masterful handling of the talents responsible for the jokes as well as the voices.

Like many reviews of its ilk, Smith’s takes a bit to get started, getting held up early on with discussions of the 2009 predecessor, but he is able to shift gears before the writing gets tiresome. Once the spotlight is firmly on the present, Smith never looks back. The end result is a wonderful and surprisingly thorough treat, with a hometown pride that leaves a delightful aftertaste.    

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