Saturday, September 19, 2009

AT THE MOVIES: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

If there was ever a time for you and your family to hit the local trattoria for a heaping helping of spaghetti and meatballs, this would be it. As luck would have it, there just so happens to be a trattoria right next to our local Cinemark, so deciding where to have dinner on opening night was pretty much a no-brainer. If, however, you don't happen to have a trattoria next to your local cineplex, don't despair. Any hamburger joint, hot dog stand, steakhouse, or sushi bar will do. This movie sets the mood for just about any type of food you're likely to find on any menu, anywhere.

First published in 1978, the children's story Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett has been a favorite in our family since it arrived in a Christmas box several years ago from a very conscientious book-buying friend. Now Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation have taken hold of the enchanting storyline and transformed it into a delicious 3-D masterpiece, turning it into what might arguably be the most advanced 3-D animation to date. Though it doesn't quite achieve that certain je ne sais quoi of Ratatouille, it is nonetheless one of the more enjoyable movies of the year. Afterall, who can't sink their teeth into the idea of raining food? A clever storyline mixed with a heightened level of unbelievability and just the right amount of 80's nostalgia, it is the perfect appetizer for any meal. Despite the "weightiness" of the plot, you will leave the theater feeling light as a feather and longing for a Pickles to Pittsburgh sequel.

Be sure to let the kids check out the movie's very cool website at www.cloudywithachanceofmeatballs.com.

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