A slow internet problem comes to me this morning, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a highly enjoyable movie.

Slow internet

This morning was a strange and mad rush. The internet was behaving really slowly, to the point where a youtube clip of 80 megabytes was taking a few hours to download. It’s not youtube that’s at fault too, but something about the internal internet connection that I have at home here. Eventually I went out just before lunch and found that the landlady was streaming live video from the computer to her tv, which accounts for the slow pace of things. Giving up on any ability to retrieve anything more of interest from off of the internet, I packed up a few board games of interest too to take with me to a friend just in case, and headed off out to enjoy a day of good entertainment.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Last week I was going to see the sequel to this movie, but realised that I haven’t yet seen Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), and I’m glad that today I was able to see it. Based on the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs the story is about Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), an accident-prone inventor who baffles his blue-collar father.

After several inventions that fail to take off, he comes up with machine that transforms water to food, and needing more power than the average home can provide he connects it up to the city power supply, where something goes wrong and it rockets up to the sky.

Flint manages to communicate with it via a satellite uplink, and the mayor becomes highly pleased with him and his invention that makes food of any choice fall from the sky. Troubles happen though when too much is asked from it, and things end up spiralling out of control to the point where the now self-aware device has to be shut down against its will.

It’s a well told story with a nicely rounded set of characters, from the monkey with a voicebox sidekick to the plucky weather reporter girl, or Mr T as the policeman that Flint keeps on annoying. For me though it doesn’t quite reach a level of awesome that Wreck-it Ralph attained, but it’s very close and deserves to be watched and enjoyed by everyone.