Blue macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three children are comfortably settled in the city -- perhaps too comfortably. Jewel fears that the children are becoming more like humans than birds. After learning that she and Blu may not be the last blue macaws after all, Jewel decides that their little family should visit the Amazon jungle. It's there that Blu meets his formidable father-in-law (Andy Garcia) ]and goes beak-to-beak with archnemesis Nigel (Jemaine Clement).
Release Date: April 11, 2014
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Rio 2 teems with colorful animated splendor and elaborate musical numbers, but its rambling, hectic, if good-hearted, story is for the birds... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Rio 2 is a paint by the numbers sequel that has a hard time coming across as more than just adequate. It has its moments, mainly thanks to bad birdie Nigel, but don’t expect to be wowed. The film’s best attribute is that it is meant to be watched by the entire family, which is a bit of a rarity these days. At the very least, the young ones may enjoy the colorful birds and jungle environments of the amazon... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewJuly 30th, 2014 · Details
As my little cousin said as we walked out of the theater, "The best part of the movie was the credits." It was a total repeat of the first one, except more even more annoying characters were added. The best thing I can say is that it could be a good movie to Redbox when it comes out if your kids get bored.June 12th, 2014 · Details
Most of the characters from the first movie show up for at least a cameo. And that makes for lots of juggling to give everyone some screen time. But luckily, in between all the flurry of feathers, Blu still manages to man up enough to save the flock and his little family as well... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 16th, 2014 · Details
Despite its urban title, "Rio 2" (Fox), director Carlos Saldanha's vibrant animated follow-up to his 2011 original, is mostly set in the wilds of the Amazon rainforest. But that turns out to be a good thing since it opens the way for striking images of nature at its most alluring and attendant warnings against ongoing human aggression toward such pristine habitats. A positive message about marital fidelity further enhances this unobjectionable film... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 15th, 2014 · Details
Really great! Will be interesting for kids and parents and young people. Very colourful, positive, melodic. Great music, cool story. I would definitely recommend it for families and just friends or couples. You will enjoy!April 14th, 2014 · Details
Movie Title: Rio 2 G, 1 hour 41 minutes Grade: C+ MovieReviewMaven Grade: C+ In a Nutshell: Forgettable. Young children will be entertained, although the 4 year old sitting behind me kept asking his mother “Can we go home?” That’s a not a good sign coming from the target audience. Theme: Birds of a feather flock together? Humans are evil and destroy the planet. (I’m getting really tired of hearing that from every movie I see lately.) Brazil is always ready for a party. Things I liked: The colors are bright and fun, like watching a box of Fruit Loops explode on the big screen. I loved all the Brazilian tropical fruits, nuts, plants, and local products on display. The animation of the water in the Amazon River looked terrific. The only scene that made me laugh out loud was the talent show audition scene. I thought all of the hats Nico tried on were cute. I’m assuming Jamie Foxx’s character had a larger role in the first Rio? I never saw it. Jesse Eisenberg is capable of playing smooth geniuses (The Social Network and Now You See Me ), as well as unconfident underdogs. Beautiful aerial views of Brazil. I loved the montage of paper pop-up maps as they traveled through the landscapes and cities. It makes me want to plan a trip to the country. The feathers on all of the birds’ heads were well designed and allowed the characters to distinguish their personalities one from the other. The beaks also had impressive detail. There is a sleepy sloth who sings super fast rap. Have you ever heard a sloth squeak in real life? Totally adorable. I thought the Capoeira turtles were hilarious. Things I didn’t like: I never saw the first Rio . There is a quick flashback from the first movie to let you know why the cockatiel has a grudge against Blu, but I still felt like I was missing something…like why the first one was popular. There are minor characters in this movie that were obviously carried over from the first, but since I hadn’t seen the first one, I didn’t feel a bond with them. Their roles are not that strong in the sequel and didn’t add much to the story. Many of the actors were underutilized, especially the terrific singing talents of Kristen Chenowith, Jamie Fox, Anne Hathaway, and will.i.am. There were several songs, but most of them were too short for children to fall in love with or know how to sing them at home (like everyone is STILL doing with the soundtrack from Frozen .) I couldn’t understand the lyrics in the “big” musical number sung by all the birds, making it even more difficult for the audience to leave the theater repeating them. Kristen Chenoweth’s song was quite operatic, something a little girl is probably not going to be able to duplicate very well. Her character’s little frog mouth had cute vibrato while she was singing though and I could hear children in the audience repeating her occasional funny lines. This little lethal lover is sure to be the standout of the movie with children who beg for movie merchandising. Bruno Mars sings, but it lasts less than 30 seconds as well. With all this voice and singing talent, why didn’t director Carlos Saldanha really take advantage of it? Monkeys are usually scene stealers, but in this movie they’re not even cute. I can’t stand all that disgusting drool on the dog. Why would anyone want a dog that salivates that much all over anything? The animation was good though. The anteater’s tongue was pretty gross. Cleverly used throughout the movie, but still gross. Inspiring lines: “Happy wife. Happy life.” True. The movie shows the sacrifices Blu is willing to make for his family. Jewel, his "significant other", scolds him for being selfish, but she doesn't sacrifice a single thing for him in this movie. It goes both ways to have a happy life. Funny lines: “We’ll attack at the midnight hour, because it’s more evil.” - Nigel We are going to the Amazon…yay! (Blu) Pedro says “Like the website?” “Wow. Nigel es muy macho.” - Gabi “I’ll be pooping on your party pronto.” – Nigel “It’s a spoon and a fork. Be afraid. Be very afraid.” – Blu “Put down the spork.” - Tiago “I love it when you get all dark and brooding.” - Gabi Tips for parents: There isn’t as much adult humor to keep you entertained, as other animated films out there right now, such as Mr. Peabody and Sherman, but you can always get a nap out of it. I almost dozed off a few times, but maybe I was just tired? There are a couple of jokes about poo, but otherwise, the language is perfectly clean. Thankfully, nobody flips the bird in this film. Your children will be preached to about environmentalism. The “camera” zooms in on this “No entrance” sign, which most children won’t understand. “No entrar” means no entrance in Portuguese. Now you can tell your kids and they'll think you're super smart.April 12th, 2014 · Details
Love the music and the settings, just wish the story and the characters would have been a bit more engaging and less dumb. This is where I usually say drop the kids off and go shopping, but I’m not even sure the kids will appreciate what “Rio 2” has to offer... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewApril 11th, 2014 · Details
It takes a while to get going and once it does too much seems to happen at once. But it is bright and colorful and sweet and funny. And that little frog is a hoot and a half... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review