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Rio 2 (3D)

2014-04-11 09:35
What it's about:

Blu, Jewel and their three kids are living the perfect domesticated life in the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists that the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbours, he worries that he might lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild.

What we thought:

The colourful, dancing, singing extravaganza of Rio in 2011 made it a successful hit. Now, three years later, Blue, Jewel, their feathered friends, their nemesis and some new characters are back.

The foot tapping opening sequence makes it very hard not to get swept up in the New Year’s celebratory mood and with the magic of 3D you do feel like you’re smack bang in the middle of it all swirling, twirling and having an all around good time.

Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids leave behind their creature comforts and head off to the Amazon rainforest after Linda (Leslie Mann) and Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) find a hidden tribe of Macaws. Going along for the ride and in search for talent are Rafael  (George Lopez) and Nico and Pedro (Jamie Foxx and will.i.am). Fitted with his GPS and fanny pack Blu and the family take off into a dazzling sky. Yes. A bird uses a GPS. Shouldn’t they have built in GPS though? Moving on...

Once they reach their destination, Jewel discovers that the leader of the tribe is her long lost father Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and what follows is a heart warming reunion.

There’s a lot happening in this movie. It is plot heavy and it takes some time to actually get where its going and when it gets there everything is over quite soon.

Blu struggles to fit in, he and Linda fight about their natural habititat versus their domesticated life, he also has a father-in-law and a love rival, (Bruno Mars) to deal with. Linda and Tulio fight with bad guys to preserve the rain forest and Nigel (Jemaine Clement) is back with a side kick Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), a toxic frog intent on revenge. And dispersed through it all are the musical numbers.

I absolutely loved Gabi! Chenoweth’s off kilter love obsessed pink frog was a treat to watch! Her musical number was pure brilliance and by far the best performance in my books.

And while all of this is entertaining, the moral lessons are not lost. It teaches about family, standing up for what’s right and protecting the environment. It’s a classic good versus bad tale.

The singing, the dancing and the beautifully created animated 3D world makes this a film that the whole family will enjoy.

A feel good family movie that will strum your heart strings and get your feet tapping.

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