Sunday, April 13 2014, 08:32 AM MDT
Movie Review: Rio 2
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Recommended To: Those looking for a sequel that doesn't match the mediocrity of its predecessor.
Synopsis: When Blu and Jewel learn that they and their three children might not be the last of the blue macaws they head to the Amazon in hopes of finding their long lost relatives.
Review: 2011's Rio was a serviceable animated film. It featured a familiar story filled with romance, sing-a-long songs and adventure. It wasn't on par with Rango, The Adventures of Tintin or Kung Fu Panda 2, but it was at least better than Cars 2 and Gnomeo & Juliet. Sadly whatever charm the original film had is lost in this sequel. The plot, which is overly convoluted, mixes aspects of Meet the Parents with FernGully and comes across as a disorganized mess of a film that doesn't quite know if it wants to be an heavy-handed environmental film or a family comedy. You can be both, but Rio 2 manages to be neither as it sloppily moves through its cliche-packed plot. This might be forgivable if it was entertaining, but there aren't any memorable moments (unless you count the overly indulgent solo from Gabi, the Kristin Chenoweth voiced frog). Even the children in the packed theater seemed to lose interest halfway through the film (which increased popcorn sales and bathroom visits) and didn't reengage with the movie until the final act's man vs nature climax. Skip Rio 2 and go and see Muppets Most Wanted or Mr. Peabody & Sherman instead.
-Ryan Michael Painter