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Steve Persall Fails the Reader in “Cloudy 2” Review

In response to Steve Persall’s 273‑word review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Tampa Bay Times

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Steve Persall will perplex devoted readers everywhere with his latest, “Review: ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ tasty but empty calories.” The poor offering of the critic is far from tasty, and rich with emptiness.

Tasty but empty is an experience that will be over before the reader can say “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2”. The opening statement by Persall will strike a chord for some, but is not indicative of what the general reader needs or wants.

To be clear, the whole of tasty but empty could have still redeemed its average introduction with a thorough and informative examination of the film, however the 221 words that follow are equally painful and disappointing. The time spent by the general reader is precious and one expects to be moved.

The second paragraph of tasty but empty states that “Flint has lots of ideas”, but Persall says almost nothing to explain to the reader what they can expect other than providing a brief description of the plot. Colors of the film are alluded to, however Persall fails again to spark the interest of the innocent reader.  

Persall succeeds in conveying the energy of the film and the fast-paced jokes, however one is better off watching the trailer than reading tasty but empty.     

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