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Rio 2

Rio 2
Starring:
Voices: Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathawa


Rated: G animated comedy.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: April 11, 2014 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

At the end of Rio the first film Blu and Jewel flew off into the sky and became a couple.  Rio 2 begins as the two are flying together in Rio along with their three offspring.  

The many flying character dominate the film along with the beauty as developed by the creative artists who create the backgrounds for the film.  Trees, leaves, flowers, birds, rock strata, pools of water and stunning color fill the screen as the characters carry out  their adventure and sing and dance along the way.  

Blu (Eisenberg) is a nerd from Minnesota just the opposite of Jewel (Hathaway) who is sexy and wise of life in the natural jungle.  They begin in a sanctuary near Rio de Janeiro with their  3 young Spix's macaws.  They are under the care of Linda (Leslie Mann) and Dr. Monteiro (Rodrigo Santoro).  

The beauty of New Years Eve and the carnival atmosphere of floats and dancers add more to the feeling of Rio as a romantic location both for the birds and the young couple.  The 3D effects give the birds as they fly a realistic presence as if they are coming from the screen and out over our heads.  

With all that wonder to absorb the dark side of human consumption of trees in which a large number of Spix's are living becomes a battle for the birds to fight, and Blu and Jewel learn they are not the only surviving Spix but the others are in danger of the greed of the lumbering business.  More good news comes when Jewel is reunited with her parents.  

Now they must save the natural sanctuary and Blu must muster the courage to show he has just enough macho to compete with another potential suitor of Jewel.  All that is rather standard, but Rio 2 enhances the limited story through the effective use of the 3D process, stunning beauty in the  Spix world, and in and effective music along with creative bird dancing make for a joyful animated feature.

  Frank Chris Jim Dave Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Rio 2  B+      C                     B- 

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