Rio 2

Rated G, 101 min. Directed by Carlos Saldanha.

In this animated sequel, Blu (Eisenberg), Jewel (Hathaway), and their three children head from their home in Rio deep into the Amazon basin, where they find a whole flock of blue macaws that turn out to be Jewel’s long-lost family. Jewel, meeting both her father (Garcia) and an old love (Mars), is delighted to be with them in the jungle, but Blu is a city bird, uncomfortable with the father-in-law and unhappy about the ex. Rio 2 is loaded with terrific vocal talents (though they are mostly squandered), and is agog with characters all feverishly working to carry way too much plot. Less a celebration of Brazil than of homogenized Las Vegas stage-show aesthetics, the film's more ethnic elements are Mixmaster-blended into seamless Hollywood entertainment. All singing, all dancing, all color: Rio 2 is a modern, studio animation blockbuster – spilling all over the place, rather than arching into the sky. Read a full review of Rio 2.
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