Excerpt: Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a macaw, but not just your standard, run of the mill macaw. No, Blu is a very rare blue macaw, so rare that he is believed to be the last of his kind. Despite his rarity, he was found in rather common circumstances, then nurtured and raised by Linda (Leslie Mann).
Excerpt: Produced by Blue Sky Studios, the computer animation house behind the successful Ice Age franchise, Rio’s story line doesn’t feel all that promising at first. But it grows on you. While 2011 hasn’t yet equaled 2010 for potential entries in the animation hall of fame, a chameleon, a panda, and now a...
Summary: The thing that comes through most here is the passion of Carlos Saldanha for his native country. He absolutely does an incredible job of taking us inside the place. There are a lot of other elements that work as well. I just don’t get the feel of cohesion at all here. It’s a great rental.
Conclusion: Rio is middle-of-the-road family-friendly CGI fare, with barely-there characters and a story that can't have taken the film's menagerie of screenwriters more than an hour to dream up. Still, it's got great music, eye-popping visuals, and the target under-10 audience will probably eat it right up.
Conclusion: 'Rio' is okay if you're looking for a movie to plop your kids in front of and hope they become distracted by the bright, flashing colors. Kids will most likely love 'Rio's silliness, but that same silliness may put parents to sleep.
Conclusion: From Aaron's Review: 'Rio' is okay if you're looking for a movie to plop your kids in front of an hope they become distracted by the bright, flashing colors. Kids will most likely love 'Rio's silliness, but that same silliness may put parents to sleep.
Excerpt: The Movie One of the last two blue macaws on Earth, Blu (yes, as in "-ray," voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) has lived such a sheltered life in frigid Minnesota, he's never even bothered to learn how to fly.
Excerpt: Rio comes across as an animated travel brochure, so beautifully rendered, colorful, and bright, Rio DeJaneiro has never looked better. You could hang glide, take in the parades of Carnivale, and enjoy the sites of a cannibalistic bird eating his own kind. Ah, paradise.
Excerpt: Rio is a mess, a pretty, occasionally entertaining mess that will only get worse with repeated viewings. Like the famed Carnival it portrays, it seeks only to be a spectacle, and like most spectacles, it ultimately proves shallow, frivolous and wasteful.