Blue Sky Studios presents the sequel to the blockbuster animated musical film about the journey of two exotic birds with “Rio 2.” The film hit U.S. theatres on April 11, 2014. It is directed by Carlos Saldanha and written by the late Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner. “Rio 2” features an ensemble cast which includes Jesse Eisenberg (Blu), Anne Hathaway (Jewel), Leslie Mann as (Linda Gunderson), Bruno Mars (Roberto), Jemaine Clement (Nigel), Kristen Chenoweth (Gabi). Here’s the “Rio 2” movie review and brief synopsis of the film.
“Rio 2” Film Synopsis:
“Rio 2” begins after Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel (Hathaway) successfully escaped from being smuggled with the help of Jewel’s former owner Linda Gunderson (Leslie Mann) and their friends. Now, they continue their battle with Nigel (Jemaine Clement) as the latter had sought on getting his revenge again.
Blue and Jewel now has cute little birdies of their own. The “love birds” chose to live their life away from the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil because they wanted to bring up their kind into their natural habitat. They will joined by their other feathered friends Rafael (George Lopez), Nico (Jamie Foxx), Pedro (Will.I.Am) and Luiz(Tracy Morgan).
As they head to the vast Amazon forest, they are in for a wild adventure! Nigel tries to track them down with his new sidekicks. On the other hand, a team of illegal loggers will start to endanger Linda and Tulio’s expedition in finding Blu and his family.
Meanwhile, the leader of a group that is involved with illegal logging (Miguel Ferrer), discovers of Linda and Tulio’s expedition to find the macaws and orders his minions to hunt them down to avoid disruptions to their work.
Meanwhile, Blu finally meets some members of Jewel’s macaw family. He will meet her long lost father Eduardo (Garcia) and Jewel’s childhood friend Roberto.
“Rio 2” Movie Review:
Unfortunately, the reviews from the critics seemed to translate that “Rio 2” failed to surpass the first “Rio” film that got great reviews in 2011. Rotten Tomatoes said that the film got mixed reviews from the critics with only 51% rating based on 87 reviews.
Stephanie Merry of The Washington Post thought that doing a movie sequel is not an easy task.
“All in all, though, the movie feels at once too busy and too derivative. That’s no easy feat, but it’s also one sequel-makers probably shouldn’t aspire to,” said Merry in The Washington Post report.
Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times seemed to affirm this and pointed out that the film is too overwhelming.
“Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, “Rio 2″ is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters,” said Sharkey in the L.A. Times article.
On the other hand, Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey and Toronto Star’s Bruce DeMara expressed their positive takes on the film in their reviews.
Liam Lacey of Globe and Mail said that the film is much better than the first one. He continued to praise that the film excelled in the great choreographed animation for the musical numbers.
Furthermore, Bruce DeMara of Toronto Star promised that the sequel is something you must watch!
“Those who enjoyed the adventures of Blu and Jewel and company in the first Rio are going to find the sequel an equally pleasing diversion,” said DeMara in the Toronto Star article.
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