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Tim Robey’s Slight“Chance of Meatballs 2, Review” Never Takes Off

In response to Tim Robey’s 338‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Daily Telegraph

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Tim Robey doesn’t reinvent the wheel in “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, review,” in fact, he doesn’t even use wheels, or legs, or engines, or wings, the review is decidedly stationary. It’s a very short piece of criticism, loaded with strangely unnecessary asides, that tries to be cute and maintain a certain amount of credibility in the analysis department. It doesn’t really succeed in either objectives.

Chance of Meatballs 2, review gets off to a very strong start with an entertaining exploration of alternate titles. It’s a promising beginning to what the observant reader, judging by the visibly low word count and the intruding “Related Articles” block interrupting distractingly, will suspect is a doomed effort. The pessimists are unfortunately correct this time around as the piece peaks in its first sentence.

Robey stuffs a bit too many comparisons into the slight work, which keeps it firmly anchored on the ground. The mash-up with Jurassic Park while bringing a fresh flavor to the much-employed comparison is followed much too closely by the inevitable comparison to the first film in the franchise. Both attempts are underdeveloped, the first finishing before it can even begin, the second failing to convince.

There’s a very palpable sense of distraction in Robey’s work. It’s as if he filled a notebook of thoughts while watching the movie and is trying to squeeze them all before time runs out. What’s left is a glimpse into a clever mind that can’t communicate itself properly.    

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