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). He was alone and abandoned, but now Blu has a wonderful life as the best friend of Linda, though a domesticated lifestyle.
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 macaw are more than enough to keep the current golden age of computer animation firing on all cylinders.
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. The kids will get exposed to some culture, and they might have a good time. I just don’t see this one doing very well on the home video shelf.
Conclusion: Rio is a fun family film that’s filled with humor, fun music, great animation, and some absolutely fantastic visuals. This is by far the best film that the Blue Sky Studios has made and they are quickly catching up to Pixar quality-wise. While their story-lines may not be equal to Pixar’s standards, their visuals are almost there as some of the animation in this movie is jaw-droppingly beautiful. I highly recommend this movie!
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. There's little here that will allow parents to enjoy the movie along with their kids, which is a real shame. Still the audio and video are simply stunning and there's a wide variety of extras to search through.
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. There's little here that will allow parents to enjoy the movie along with their kids, which is a real shame.
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. But when he and his owner are invited down to Rio de Janeiro to breed with the only living female (voice of Anne Hathaway) and save the species, it's an offer too exciting to pass up.
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. Okay, it’s not all beaches, sun, and pleasantries, Rio’s narrative surrounded with a number of seedy slums, rundown birds, and poachers in it for a quick buck.