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Kevin Harley’s “Cloudy” Is Brief but Effective

In response to Kevin Harley’s 90‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Total Film

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If Kevin Harley’s “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” were committed to celluloid, it would be one of those animated shorts they used to show before the feature. At a scant 90 words, it’s difficult to really pick apart, but this is the format that TotalFilm has chosen and, for a film like Cloudy 2, that’s just fine. Kids aren’t reading this and parents aren’t concerned about the movie’s place in the pantheon of Italian neorealism.

They just want Cliff Notes; the get in and get out version and that’s exactly what they’ve gotten here.

Harley thankfully gets straight to the point (there’s no time for anything else), offering an opinion in the first line; the film is “bright and playful, but also loud, messy and hollow.”

Harley’s writing is succinct, functional and down-to-earth. There’s no high mindedness here, just the plain facts and he even finds time to throw in a few food related puns, seasoning his prose with “gag rate ingredients are generous” and “puns and noisy dust-ups gradually kills the appetite.”

While it won’t give you anything resembling an in-depth analysis, it does give you the bare essentials in a miniaturized format. If you just need a quick hit, this one’s got it.    

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