While this movie varies in style and story wildly from its simple original children's classic about a small town that has a food-related weather phenomenon, it's still a surprisingly well done tale. I was initially skeptical, based on the fact that this film boasts vivid artwork, instead of the book's softly muted color scheme and features the goofy inventor with a monkey instead of just charming small townsfolk. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised how very much I enjoyed this film. While it isn't as perfect as a film like Up, it succeed in entertaining audiences of young and old with funny jokes and a few moral lessons thrown in about following dreams, listening to your parents, being yourself and avoiding gluttony. That's a lot to squeeze into 90 minutes.
Mall cop movies: there's one for everybody these days for some reason. There were no mall cop movies in the history of movies before last year (there were security guard movies, but that's not the same. Security guards work at banks so they can rob them. Mall cops work at malls so they can not work all day and get paid to eat hot dogs on sticks) and now all of a sudden there are going to be 50 Paul Blarts, and Observe and Report is opening Friday. But a trend is a trend, and while I admire Seth Rogen for recognizing one and hopping right onto that caboose, he's still playing the exact same character he always plays. Like most people on the internet, I think Observe and Report will probably be pretty good, actually (I love a good mob mentality!), but still -- let's go over this guy's resume. Read closely, and you may notice a pattern: It's like Ferrell-level same guy every timeness. It's like Michael Cera-level same guy every timeness. It's like Tommy Chong-level same guy every timeness. Cal-bong, take me away!
Whether or not you've read the children's book it's based on, you're probably as curious as I am to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the upcoming animated film from Sony. I mean, come on -- it's a movie about food falling from the sky! Even if you don't consider the more horrific aspects of what that implies, it's something that's never been seen on film before -- although Adam Sandler's new movie Bedtime Stories apparently features a hail of gumballs. But does it feature as amazing a cast as Cloudy?