Between the Covers: Stories from My Bookcase

Friday, May 6, 2011

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


After seeing Coraline on cable, they showed Cloudy with a chance of Meat Balls next. I didn’t see this when it was shown in cinemas because there weren’t a lot of good reviews out there. Seeing it for free on TV though, I must say that I was entertained by the movie.

The story is set on the island of Swallow Falls whose people are stuck with their sardines. Young Flint didn’t want to live on sardines and wasn’t interested much in taking over the family business. He was an inventor.

Just when the town was set to reinvent itself under its very ambitious Mayor, Flint took the opportunity to sneak to the power plant to plug in his latest invention – it needed more power than what has little lab could muster.

But Swallow Falls wasn’t very welcoming of Flint’s creations. So when his plan was found out, everyone set out to stop him. And that didn’t go well. His machine, all revved up from the power from the plant, shot up like a rocket!

But that was just the beginning.

Sam, intern at the Weather Channel, was covering the reopening of Swallow Falls and she becomes key to what eventually happens in the story. I like Sam. And it’s not just because she’s blonde and pretty. She’s smart! Hehe Smile

I don’t if kids would necessary appreciate the bits of life lessons I picked up from the film given that they will be in awe of the giant-sized food from the sky. But the film spoke to me of these:

> Geeks rule!

> Gluttony is bad. So is Greed.

> Kids won’t always be like their parents, and that’s okay.

> Some parents just don’t know how to show (and tell) their kids (specially the grown up ones) that they love and appreciate them.

> We all (mostly) seek the approval of our parents.

Funny how the only impact of all that rain of food that they highlighted was the mountain of leftovers, and the obesity of the Mayor. No negative effects on the temperament of the people and the kids because of all the fatty and sweet foods they’d been having? No breakout of pimples on teenagers and adults alike? I mean, if you eat cheeseburgers and fries all day and other similar food, wouldn’t you breakout and maybe even need tretinoin gel eventually?

Oh well. Smile