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Movie Review – Rio The Film

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When it comes to animated films there are so many on the market that they can no longer be seen as unique and now need to rely on a good story, which is what all good films need, and that’s what many of them have recently been lacking. In many ways they are now so affordable to make that average scripts are being turned into average CG (computer graphic) animated films in a very similar way to how average live action films are made. Over the years, however, two companies have been at the top of the ‘high quality’ list as they pump out one great film after another and they are Pixar and DreamWorks, and in that order. The only other studio pumping out enough high quality work has been Blue Sky Studios who brought us the ‘Ice Age’ series, ‘Robot’s’ and ‘Horton Hears A Who’. Except for the terrible ‘Ice Age 3’, they have all been good solid films, though never getting as good as the two big boys of the animated film world. So with their latest offering ‘Rio’ looking to be a fun movie I went in hoping it would remove the bad taste that their last film ‘Ice Age 3’ left me with.

“Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, is one of a rare species of a Blue Macaw, who is a resident at a bookstore in Moose Lake, Minnesota, and the last male of his kind. When scientists learn that another macaw was spotted in South America and that the macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway) is female, they take him out of Minnesota and send him to Rio de Janeiro to meet her. While there, he learns to confront his fear of flying in order to win her heart. Along the way, they get kidnapped by poachers to sell them to get a fortune. After they escape, they try to avoid the thieves and their pet Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement), with the help from Rafael, a wise toco toucan (George Lopez); Luiz, a bulldog (Tracy Morgan); Linda, Blu's owner (Leslie Mann); Flora, a roseate spoonbill (Wanda Sykes); Fernando, a teenage boy (Jake T. Austin); Pedro, a Red-Crested cardinal (; and Nico, a small yellow Canary (Jamie Foxx); with a bottle cap for a hat.”

People tend to think these animated films are made for kids but, in all honesty, the ones that have done the biggest business, consistently, over the years have been ones that have kept the adults in the audience happy as well. Well this film felt like it pandered to kids almost entirely, which made for a rather boring, and not as funny as it could have been, movie. There were maybe a couple of decent funny moments but the rest of the time it felt overly slapstick and clearly aimed squarely at the kids. I think once this film comes out it will struggle to find an older audience, which is a real pity as it had some great performances, including our very own Jemaine Clement, and if used more it could have been a decent film.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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