Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie and I never read the book. My kids enjoyed the first film and wanted to see the second so we gave it a try. The movie was made in 3D so I did have a little worry about potential "gimmicky" 3D presentation and while there were one or two moments that bordered gimmicky, the 3D was non-intrusive for the most part.
This sequel picks up (apparently) immediately after the end of the first movie. In the first movie, Flint Lockwood dreams of becoming a famous inventor and eventually succeeds by creating a machine that makes food (of any kind requested) from water. His machine helps local citizens and creates a booming tourist economy until it ends up launched into the air and eventually gets out of control sending too much food and even creating living food that attacks Flint and his friends as they try to stop the machine. At the end of the first movie they destroy the machine and things are hopefully in a "happily ever after" state (after some much needed clean up, of course).
Plot-wise, Chester has been Flint's idle since childhood and Flint stands dumbstruck in awe as Chester indicates that he and his team have been tasked with relocating the citizens and helping clean up the town. Chester also hires Flint to come work at his company. It is clear from the ominous framing and tone that there is some ulterior motive to Chester's actions but everybody is so excited at his celebrity status that nobody seems suspicious.
As the trailers show, things are even stranger than before. In the first movie the initial threat was the mere onslaught of a ton of food raining down from the sky. Towards the end is when the living food started defending the machine. As the gang arrives back on the island in this movie they find that all of the food is alive and has developed complete ecosystem of living food that is thriving in a sort of primitive jungle.
In the end, the kids and I had fun watching the movie but for my own taste it wasn't particularly memorable. I came away with the "I had fun" vibe but didn't feel like it's a "must see" or a "must re-watch." I think the kids liked it a bit more than me but they weren't raving about it either.
2.5 out of 5 stars