Review – Rio

The team behind the ‘Ice Age’ series have a few feathers in their cap after managing to give the juggernauts at Pixar a run for their money. The team are gunning for another BIG feather in that cap with the charming new ‘Rio’. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated macaw who lives in a small town in Minnesota and is the last male of his kind. When a bird expert discovers his existence Blu is shipped off to Rio de Janeiro to meet a female macaw Jewel (Anne Hathaway) in hopes they will be able to ensure the survival of their species, but a group of rare bird smugglers find out about the duo and soon they are thrown into the wild world of Rio. ‘Rio’ is a big colourful adventure that suffers from a flat plot.

The computer animated world created in ‘Rio’ is great and is full of vibrant colours and characters. The cast all do a great job of voicing their characters with a special mention going to the brilliant Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) who voices an evil cockatoo. Clement steals the show and creates a loony villain that has a great song and dance number playing to Clemet’s strengths (if you have not seen ‘Flight of the Conchords ‘ give yourself an uppercut and see it now). The action sequences in this film are great fun especially in 3D where you feel like your right in the middle of a motorbike chase or soaring through the clouds of Rio with hundreds of hang gliders, it’s a lot of fun.

‘Rio’ suffers from having a story that is flat and predictable which starts to feel all too familiar when the first ‘all in’ dance party happens but what else could you expect from a film set in Rio de Janeiro.

‘Rio’ is a lot of fun but ends up being just an average animated crowd pleaser.


The Popcorn Junkie