Rio takes two giant strides, albeit in opposite directions. In terms of vividness and color, it is a treat for the senses. The birds are cute and dainty little creatures who will instantly connect with everybody. However, the story is not as spectacular as it could be considering that almost all kinds of special effects are possible in an animated film. So is the 3D. The feeling that you get about it is like, "Yeah, you can see its there, but no big deal about it." 3D is just a hook to get more people to see your film.
What worked for me was the voiceovers: Jesse Eisenberg is a dainty looking lad (the guy who was Mark Zuckerberg in Social Network). He is lovable but unsure about himself and needs guidance as seen in Adventureland, and he repeats himself here in the form of a macaw. Similarly Anne Hathaway is a spunky PYT herself, just like her bird avatar.
What didn't work was an absolutely predictable story where you know what is going to happen next and how it is going to end. A smack of clever dialogues here and there, and you are done. Although a decent flick, I pretty much don't see a reason to shell out big bucks for it: if you haven't yet seen Rio De Janeiro, it doesn't hurt waiting 3 more months for it to come on Star Movies.view less