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Movie Review: Rio 2

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Credit: 20th Century Fox Films

Credit: 20th Century Fox Films

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In this world, there are two things I can’t stand: birds and musicals. You now can imagine my opinion of Rio. I didn’t really understand the reasoning behind creating this sequel other than Blue Sky Productions trying to make a name for themselves in the animation world competing with Pixar and Dreamworks. I can tell you that after viewing Rio 2, this film isn’t even worthy of cleaning up Pixar’s droppings.

Rio 2 is the perfect example of a lackluster and forced animated sequel with the overplayed theme of the city bird moving to the country – in this case, it’s the Amazon rainforest in hopes of finding more Blue Macaws. Jessie Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway revive their voice roles as Blu and Jewel along with a bunch of other characters that really didn’t matter including the pointless humans. You can hear the boredom in Eisenberg’s voice as he delivers his lines for Blu. Can you blame him? With such terrible writing in Rio 2, even by kids movie standards, anyone would be bored.

I’m not kidding when I say I didn’t even giggle once in Rio 2. The songs are even worse the second time around and the new characters are given zero development. I will defend Rio 2 by saying I took my six-year-old daughter and she loved it. That said, if your kids are crying to see it, you may want to take them. My advice to parents is to pay the extra money and see it in 3D. That way you can put the glasses on, close your eyes and sleep through this annoying and unfunny bird musical.

Overall, the Pixar snob in me gives Rio 2 only 1 out of 4 stars.

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