Blu is the domesticated macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda. Blu and Linda think he is the last of his kind, but when they learned about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway & exotic land to find Jewel, Blus female counterpart. Not l...more
Blu is the domesticated macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda. Blu and Linda think he is the last of his kind, but when they learned about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway & exotic land to find Jewel, Blus female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu & Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. This is where the actual adventure begins. less
“The stunning visuals make up for a bad screenplay. A paisa-vasool option for this weekend.”
'Rio' is yet another CGI animated flick to hit the theatres over the years. It simply swells up the numbers without actually offering anything significant to the genre. This by-the-numbers offering from 20th Century Fox & Blue Sky Studios (the guys who brought you the Ice Age series) features a blue macaw that can't fly, something faced by the insipid movie's script too.
Blu (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated blue macaw living in Minnesota with his over-protective owner Linda (voice of Leslie Mann). Everything is hunky dory until a Brazilian Ornithologist Tulio (voice of Rodrigo Santoro) turns up at Lindas doorstep and informs her that Blu might be the last male specimen of his species and is required to mate with the last female specimen back home in Rio de Janeiro. Hence after much persuasion & squawking, the trio leave for Rio for the "survival of the species". Once in Rio, the tamed and very nerdy Blu faces more than his share of problems in wooing the feisty & wild Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway). But "getting it on" is the least of their problems when confronted with exotic bird smugglers and a psychotic cockatoo, Nigel (voice of Jemaine Clement); when the two blue macaws are kidnapped to be sold off, the story kicks in with their attempts at escape and Linda's attempts to find her beloved Blu. The ending is as predictable as a cricket match between India & Namibia.
The jokes are prominently of the slapstick variety and include more than share of screaming and physical gags. There are plenty of musical numbers littered throughout the movie but other than the visual flourishes none is memorable nor quite hummable except perhaps one involving Nigel and his dastardly deeds. The thieving monkeys provide for some good comic relief though.
The animation is colourful, fluid and quite an eye-candy. Rio looks so pretty on screen that it makes on to my "places to see before I die" list in the blink of an eye. The 3D is another story all together; the movie is yet another example of the creative failure of a movie to utilise the medium effectively, thus rendering it as nothing more than a gimmick or to some a nuisance. The scenes of the rising and setting sun against the Rio skyline are a sight to behold and so is the last part set during the Rio 'Carnivale'.
The voice work is competent but nothing really much to write home about. The standout has to be Jemaine Clement as Nigel who comes across as the intimidating villain of the peace with much ease.
'Rio' works better for the kids than adults but if the grown-ups don't demand much from their animated flick, they might find the movie to be a mildly amusing and pretty harmless spending of time.