Friday, April 11, 2014

Movie Review: Rio 2

Rio 2 movie review

The first Rio came out in 2011 and I gave it a Yes review. I remember really liking the film, but sequels are usually "hit or miss," especially for animated movies. This sequel, however, was just as good as the first film - if not better - and I enjoyed it yet again.

In this installment, the blue macaws (Blu and Jewel, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway) head from Rio to the Amazon when they find out that there might be more of their species there - Linda (Leslie Mann), Blu's previous owner, has found a flock. Blu and Jewel gather up their three kids, along with some Rio friends from the first movie, and they travel the 2,000 miles to the Amazon, where they find Jewel's father, Eduardo (Andy Garcia) alive and well; Jewel had thought he and her family had passed away in a fire. Jewel and the kids love the Amazon but Blu, who is more "domesticated," has trouble adjusting, and Eduardo doesn't take a liking to him either, at first.

To complicate matters, the villain from the original movie, Nigel (Jermaine Clement), is stalking Blu and Jewel, because he wants to exact revenge for what Blu did to him. He's accompanied by a poisonous tree frog, Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), who secretly loves him but knows that they can never be together because of her poison.

Nigel was again my favorite in this movie, but Gabi (voiced by Chenoweth) was a close second - she was hilarious and Nigel had no idea she was so into him, either. Blu and Jewel's kids are also cute, and Roberto (voiced by Bruno Mars), an old flame of Jewel's, also steals scenes with his singing (hence why Mars was casted for that role, I'm sure). All of the new characters were good as well, and there is a lot of singing and dancing in the film that helped make it as good as it was.

Yes, see this movie, and see it in 3D - the 3D was fantastic. I'm hoping they do a 3rd Rio film, as well, since I thoroughly enjoyed both movies in the series so far. Kids are sure to like these films as well, between the singing/dancing and the colorful birds and landscapes in the movie. I'd recommend this movie for all ages, but especially for those that enjoy musicals (like Frozen) or other Disney-type films. I was surprised this movie was rated G, too, as it's rare to see G-rated films these days - usually even kid-friendly films are rated PG for some reason or another.

Rio 2 is in theaters today, April 11th, and is rated G with a runtime of 101 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.

14 comments:

  1. I never saw the first Rio, so that might be something I dig for on Netflix first, but this sounds like a fun movie. I'm a kid at heart, so I love movies like this that kind of give me a chance to just sit back and enjoy the fun, laughing, and music.

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  2. OH I'm so glad to see this! We plan to go see it on Saturday and wasn't sure about 3D or not. Thanks much!

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    1. Definitely spring for the 3D if you can! It was great.

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  3. I am oon pins and needles and want to watch it so bad with the kids

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    1. Me too!! And, my 4 year old LOVES birds. Like really, truly loves birds. If they had birdwatching for the preschool crowd for classes/weekly activities? I'd sign her up. She's so excited to see this one <3

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  4. Interesting that they are moving through a new plot but still chose to bring back the original villain. I loved the first movie, but I am on the fence about this one....though the kids will insist on seeing it!

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    1. If you loved the original, I think you will love this one - it's actually maybe even BETTER than the original, which is really hard to do IMO, especially with kids movies.

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  5. Effective film review LP and I agree....My Friday Afternoon Film Festival Matinee Movie: RIO 2 in 3D. FUN movie for the whole family. Spectacular colors and music that will stay with you. I liked the introduction of the new characters especially the turtles. They're hilarious!!! Most of the kids in the theater seemed to be focused pretty much on the whole movie enjoying this animated feature on their "Spring Break". Quality Family Time for sure.:)

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  6. I'm so glad to read that you liked this one as much as the first. the first Rio is a favorite in our house (and I"m VERY picky about what my 5 year old watches - Rio passes with flying colors!) We're going to see Rio 2 next week. Can't wait!

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    1. Thanks :) let me know how you like the movie, I enjoyed it a lot. I'll check out your link as well.

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  7. I would go see this movie just to hear Anne Hathaway voice the bird. I really like her.

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    1. I like her a lot too, as well as Jesse Eisenberg as the male bird.

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  8. My daughter wants to see this so badly

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  9. I wasn't sure whether to see this or not. Thank you! :)

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