Cloudy with a Chance of…Stewardship

Posted: February 11, 2010 by Chad in Movie Reviews

I like science fiction. WAIT! DON’T GO!  From Star Wars to steampunk, I appreciate creative musings on different times.  That’s why when I heard that Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs had some geek appeal, I queue’d it up (Netflix lingo).  I was delighted when what starts out as a clever animated flick about a wannabe inventor ends up a thoughtful look at not only being who you are but carefully examining what you have, and more importantly, how you use it.  Truly, a film for viewers of any age.

When young Flint Lockwood creates an airborne machine that synthesizes any food he programs, it revitalizes the small island of Paradise Falls.  What was once the center of the sardine trade, Flint’s hometown has fallen on hard times.  His new technology provides a party for everyone in the neighborhood complete with a snow day, only it’s not snow it’s ice cream, and really, can you beat that?  (Double Fudge Brownie for me kthx)  Also, everyone gets to have as much of whatever food they want and there begins the problem.

When the food that falls from the sky continues to increase in size, supply surpasses demand and the town constructs a dam for storage because, as the young weather reporter Sam Sparks tells the world, “out of sight out of mind.”  Eventually, Flint realizes that the machine is hurting the entire island and wants to turn the machine off.  The local mayor, always the opportunist, disagrees and wants to use the device to increase tourism.  Conflict ensues.

The imagery is powerful when, at the climax, the town is literally flooded in it’s excess.  When the dam is hit by the spaghetti tornado, it breaks apart burying the townspeople (and the town) in what they could have been satisfied with, but weren’t.  It doesn’t end there (it’s not an episode of The Outer Limits after all) and the people of Paradise Falls learn balanced use of their resources.

So what?

This is the hardest part to write.  How do I convey the conviction when I hear about earthquakes in Haiti and people dying of thirst when I’m trying to decide which restaurant I’m going to for lunch?    I have so much, we all do and that’s precisely where the responsibility starts: if you have, give!

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