<Review by: Daylynn DeSouza>
Directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn. Starring the voices of Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris, James Caan, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Benjamin Bratt
If there was ever a movie to change the way you feel about food, it’s this one. You will definitely think strawberries are cute and badass after you watch this movie.
Let me begin with the end: The End Credits of this movie alone are worth the price of admission in my humble opinion. Not since Wreck-It Ralph has an animated movie had end credits this enjoyable, and in fact, these are even better.
The movie also begins at the end… of the last movie, literally a few minutes after the events of the last film. If you haven’t seen the last one there’s no need to worry about it as you get a speedy recap which means that this movie works perfectly fine as a standalone as well.
The town of Swallow Falls is relocated to San-Franjose while Chester V (Will Forte), a world-famous super-inventor and the head of the Live Corp. heads the clean-up mission in their town. He offers Flint (Bill Hader) a job at Live Corp. while his team is taking care of the clean up on the island. But, soon we learn that Chester V isn’t the benevolent and kind man everybody thinks he is and that his clean-up crew were destroyed by new ‘foodimals’ that the FLDSMDFR (Flint Lockwood’s Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator) has created because it was never properly found and destroyed.
That’s right, it managed to survive. Now, Chester V has sent Flint to find and destroy the FLDSMDFR and stop the ‘foodimals’ from destroying the world. Or, at least that’s what it seems like. It’s up to Flint and his friends Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), Sam (Anna Faris), Manny, Brent (Andy Samberg), Officer Earl (Terry Crews) and Flint’s dad Tim (James Caan) to save the day.
The actors all do a wonderful job and for the most part the new actors in the movie just blend in nicely even though they weren’t in the first. My only concern is that Bill Hader’s voice seems to remind me a lot of Patton Oswalt. And the same goes for Kristen Schaal who voices Barb, Chester V’s sidekick who happens to be a talking and lipstick-wearing ape with a human brain; I could have sworn that it was Sarah Silverman and nobody else.
But I digress. The animation and music are delightful and there are quite a few jokes and references slipped into the movie for adults as well. Chester V for example is a parody of Steve Jobs, and does make as many hand gestures as Jobs did. The ‘foodimals’ are all adorable, interesting and magnificent. You’ll fall in love with all of them and a part of you will even wish they really did exist. They are simply designed to be loved. My personal favourites are the Tacodile Supreme, Buffaloafs and the Watermelephants.
Stunning visuals that actually aren’t compromised by 3D, a good and lovable story and a great soundtrack to boot – a little too good because some of the songs are still stuck in my head. So yes, you should watch this movie; whether in 3D or not is up to you because there a few moments where the 3D really shines but otherwise it really makes no difference and doesn’t enhance the viewing experience.
And, once again, the end credit sequence alone is brilliant and has joke after joke to keep you laughing while you sit and wait for the little bonus scene at the end of the initial credits.