Movie: Rio

"Rio" directed by Carlos SaldanhaBlu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, and enjoys a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he’s the last of his kind, but when they learn about another macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu’s female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. Blu escapes, aided by the street smart Jewel and a group of wisecracking and smooth-talking city birds. Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.

What is there to be said about Rio? Well, for one thing, I enjoyed it way more than I did the last computer-animated film I saw in theaters (Rango). It was light, fun and very musical. So for the one hour and thirty-six minutes that it was playing, I was completely immersed into the colorful world of Rio.

From the moment the movie begins, you know you’re going to have a good time. A musical number starts the story–a performance that gets interrupted by animal smugglers. This opening sequence really does set the mood for the whole film. Everything and everyone is happy–but underneath all the good vibes lies a threat that could ruin everything.

While we can draw parallels from that and real life, I won’t. One of the reasons I enjoyed this movie is because it allowed me an escape from real life. I mean, yes, animal problem is a real-life problem, but with the pretty gift-wrapping and the happily-ever-after the movie gives, we can live blissfully ignorant for the couple hours escape the movie affords us.

Rio actually reminds me a little of Happy Feet–except without the blatant save-the-environment message in the end.

And that’s pretty much everything I want to say about the movie. Oh, and that I really hope that in Jesse Eisenberg’s next film, he won’t be socially-awkward.

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