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.
David O. Russell is still directing movies, which proves that if you can make movies that are as terrible as they are incomprehensible, pseudo-independent studios like Fox Seachlight will give you money to make more. Russell is also still alienating his actors on set. First, it was George Clooney on Three Kings, then Lily Tomlin on I Heart (Mike) Huckabees. Now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Russell has incurred the wrath of Sonny Corleone on the set of his latest, Nailed. I wouldn't drive through any toll booths or require in-home nursing if I were you, Mr. Russell.
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?