After DreamWorks shows the audience a short film called “Almost Home” which is absolutely adorable we soon get invited into the lives of the last two Blue Macaws known to man besides their three children as well. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a bird of habit and not one for change especially since he seems very content living in Rio but when Jewel (Anne Hathaway) discovers that their human friends Tulio (Rodrigo Santorro) and Linda (Leslie Mann) have possibly discovered a new flock of Blue Macaws two thousand miles from Rio in the Amazon she decides to gather the family for a one way trip.
Once that Linda and Tulio made the news of their discovery in the Amazon the tree huggers stepped in to make a difference even though it meant fighting with the loggers who are out to timber the trees. The battle is on between Linda and Tulio along with Blu, Jewel, their three kids and a little help from their friends Rafael (George Lopez), Nico (Jamie Fox), Pedro (will-i-am) as they fight to save the Amazon. Once in the Amazon Jewel soon discovers that the family she once thought dead is still alive and so far well. Little does the group of travelers know that close on their feathered tails is nemesis Nigel (voice of Jermaine Clement) who along with his trusty side-kick Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) the toxic frog, happens to be out for revenge. Once Jewel and her family reach their destination they soon realize they are not the only Blue Macaws on earth discovering that her father Eduardo (voice of Andy Garcia) and the suave former childhood playmate of hers, Roberto (voice of Bruno Mars) still live amongst the Macaws that hide from the destruction of natural environments and species by the hands of humans.
The film is a beautiful world of colors and characters voiced by an array of celebrity actors but the true beauty here besides the picture itself is the message behind the story. Of course it is not in your face obnoxious but rather a nicely written script filled with a much needed spotlight on the effects of human encroachment on the lands and animals that inhabit this planet. The writers have definitely utilized many Broadway and motion picture references throughout the film and the many beautiful back-drops of Brazil in its many forms make any person want to visit there soon. Although I seemed to like the first RIO movie a bit more so than this one, Rio 2 is sure to make a nice amount of money at the box office since it is sure to entertain both young and old. All the voices are spot on to their animated characters, too many to mention here, but rest assured this film will definitely have your toes taping to the wonderful soundtrack and your heart reaching out for that of man’s one true beauty on this planet, our animal friends. Written and thoroughly enjoyed with three paws out of four by Jon Patch.
Rio 2Written by Super User
Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios present a G rated, 101 minute, animation, 3D, adventure, comedy directed by Carlos Saldanha, written by saldanha and Don Rhymer with a theater release on April 11, 2014.
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