My friend and colleague Steven D. Greydanus, of Decent Films fame, very generously offered to let me review Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 in his place for the National Catholic Register. So I did. Steve and I both liked the original film quite a bit — see how he used it in a blog post on ‘Junior Knows Best’ movies that I linked to here — but neither of us are fans of the new film, which loses much of what made the original film so special and throws in some rather dubious elements besides.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 — the review’s up!
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).