The creators of Ice Age have a special treat for the kids with the infamous squirrel making an appearance in a short clip just before the animated adventure film, Rio. Blu, (voice of Jesse Eisenberg) a domesticated, cowardly McCaw who never learned to fly is living a plush life in Minnesota with his companion Linda (voice of Lisa Mann). When Linda and Blue are told that the only other living Blue McCaw lives in Rio De Janeiro they travel to Brazil to meet her. Upon their arrival, Blu is put in a cage with Jewel (voice of Anne Hathaway) while listening to the romantic tunes of Lionel Ritchie – when they are suddenly bird napped by people who steal exotic birds. Even though Blu and Jewel are chained together they are able to escape and look for help. The animal smugglers send out a nasty Cockatoo named Nigel (Jemaine Clement) who recruits several pickpocket monkeys to track down Blu and Jewel. The two Blue McCaw’s find help from a Toucan named Rafael (voice of George Lopez), a wisecracking canary named Nico (voice of Jamie Foxx), a street-smart pelican named Pedro (voice of Will I Am) and a drooling bulldog named Louis (voice of Tracy Morgan). With the help of their new friends, the two birds escape their chains, Blu learns to fly, and they both realize they have feelings for each other. (Maybe they should have been Lovebirds!) This film is full of colorful characters, has a toe-tapping Latin soundtrack, and entertainment for the whole family. Now, this movie is no masterpiece and the story isn’t very deep but it is a lot of fun. Jesse Eisenberg has the perfect voice for our neurotic lead character and a number of other cast members sing and make it feel like a musical. Maybe the best way to describe this film is warm and delightful. (That’s just how I feel after a tall margarita.) This film is full of excitement, pushes just the right buttons and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.