Review

Rio 2 is unsurprisingly the animated sequel to Rio, the story of the last two surviving pairs of Blu macaws. As would be expected for a sequel all the characters from the first film are back for this second helping.

Rio 2 opens, after the inevitable opening musical number, in Rio de Janeiro where Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) has now settled down with his mate Jewel (Anne Hathaway). The pair now have a family and are busy raising a brood of three young blue macaws. Meanwhile Blu's Former owner Linda (Leslie Man) and her dorky ornithologist partner Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) are now married and have made an expedition to the Amazon rainforest in search of a rumoured surviving group of endangered blue macaws. After Blu sees the pair of them in danger on the TV he decides to head to the rainforest to rescue them. Inevitably Blu doesn't go on his own as his family and friends, including little bird Bia (Amanda Stenberg), hell-raiser Tiago (Pierce Gagon) Carla (Rachel Crow) and Pedro (Will i Am), all decide to head to the rainforest in order to help in the rescue.

When they do get to the rainforest Blu finds that he's like a fish out of water. He's a bird that's more used to iPods and all-purpose multi tools than life in the forest. He also has a GPS sat nav, which he keeps in his fanny pack, and which he plans to use to locate Linda and Tulio in. Jewel on the other hand finds that she hasn't quite shaken off the call of the wild and settles well into her new life in the forest.

Rio 2 has two story strands running at the same time. One has Blu and Jewel adjusting to their new life in the forest the other has Linda and Tulio battling some pesky loggers that are threatening to destroy the forest and the birds’ natural habitat.

Whilst not having the originality of the first film, Rio 2 is not without its charm. It's ultimately a story that has family and friends at its centre and as seems to be the way with with kids’ animated films at the moment it has an environmental message thrown in for good measure.

If your little ones liked Rio then their in safe wings, sorry, hands with Blu and friends.

Rio 2 is unsurprisingly the animated sequel to Rio, the story of the last two surviving pairs of Blu macaws. As would be expected for a sequel all the characters from the first film are back for this second helping.

Rio 2 opens, after the inevitable opening musical number, in Rio de Janeiro where Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) has now settled down with his mate Jewel (Anne Hathaway). The pair now have a family and are busy raising a brood of three young blue macaws. Meanwhile Blu's Former owner Linda (Leslie Man) and her dorky ornithologist partner Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) are now married and have made an expedition to the Amazon rainforest in search of a rumoured surviving group of endangered blue macaws. After Blu sees the pair of them in danger on the TV he decides to head to the rainforest to rescue them. Inevitably Blu doesn't go on his own as his family and friends, including little bird Bia (Amanda Stenberg), hell-raiser Tiago (Pierce Gagon) Carla (Rachel Crow) and Pedro (Will i Am), all decide to head to the rainforest in order to help in the rescue.

When they do get to the rainforest Blu finds that he's like a fish out of water. He's a bird that's more used to iPods and all-purpose multi tools than life in the forest. He also has a GPS sat nav, which he keeps in his fanny pack, and which he plans to use to locate Linda and Tulio in. Jewel on the other hand finds that she hasn't quite shaken off the call of the wild and settles well into her new life in the forest.

Rio 2 has two story strands running at the same time. One has Blu and Jewel adjusting to their new life in the forest the other has Linda and Tulio battling some pesky loggers that are threatening to destroy the forest and the birds’ natural habitat.

Whilst not having the originality of the first film, Rio 2 is not without its charm. It's ultimately a story that has family and friends at its centre and as seems to be the way with with kids’ animated films at the moment it has an environmental message thrown in for good measure.

If your little ones liked Rio then their in safe wings, sorry, hands with Blu and friends.



Rio 2 (U)

1h 41m

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: (Voiced by) Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenoweth, Bruno Mars, George Lopez

UK Release: Friday 4th April 2014







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