MTV Review: Rio 2
A musical and visual spectacle that will leave you longing for sunshine...
UK Release Date: April 4, 2014
Running Time: 101 minutes
Directors: Carlos Saldanha
Plot: Rare blue birds Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are happily shacked up with their three teenage chicks in the bustling Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. But sensing the kids – Bia, Carla and Tiago - are growing a touch too used to human conveniences (namely iPods and pancakes), Jewel decides a family trip to the Amazon (the jungle, not the internet store) is in order, to get some wind beneath the family’s wings and, hopefully, find the rest of their flock.
Date Movie or Mate Movie? The boisterous yet adorable flick is the definition of ‘feel good film’ but the loud and fast-paced plot means there’s not much opportunity to pay attention to your date: the only bird watching you’ll be doing is the animated ones on screen. If you’ve got a little sibling, score some brownie points and take them instead.
Scene Stealer: The synchronized flying scene featuring a flock of birds dancing to Beautiful Creatures is a technical and visual masterpiece. And you’ll be humming the song long after you’ve left the cinema.
WTF Moment: Glee and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth is phenomenal as gabby Gabi, the poisonous frog. Her operatic declaration of love for dastardly villain Nigel, however, might need to be watched through your fingers: it’s hilarious and cringeworthy in equal measure.
Summary: A fun, summer flick, Rio 2 will keep you entertained for almost all of its 101 minute run with captivating enough (if predictable) plot turns, catchy musical numbers and quirky characters.
Hathaway and Eisenberg are endearing as the leading lovebirds while Will.I.Am and Jamie Foxx provide a lotta laughs as wise-cracking sidekicks Pedro and Nico. An honorable mention also goes to Bruno Mars as cheesy bird heartthrob Roberto, who ruffles Blu’s feathers as he makes some not-so-subtle moves on Jewel.
Although it loses the plot in some places, Rio 2 is a brightly coloured visual spectacle with a rocking soundtrack that’ll have you booking a ticket to Brazil quicker than you can say “Carnival!”
By Karen Yossman @mtvuknews