Rio

2011 "1 out of every 8 Americans is afraid of flying. Most of them don't have feathers."
6.9| 1h36m| G| en| More Info
Released: 03 April 2011 Released
Producted By: 20th Century Fox
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Official Website: http://www.riomovies.com/
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Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the pair soon escape and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom -- and Linda.

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Linbeymusol Wonderful character development!
Cebalord Very best movie i ever watch
Siflutter It's easily one of the freshest, sharpest and most enjoyable films of this year.
Marva It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,
invisibleunicornninja Characters - All of the characters are so idiotic, I can't believe that this is supposed to take place on Earth. Its frustrating and annoying to watch characters who are too dumb to breathe. It is very hard to watch this movie and not want to scream at the characters for being so dumb. Animation - The animation in this movie is ok. Not that great, but ok. Blue looks nothing like an actual Macaw, but this movie clearly wasn't going for realism. Plot - There is a difference between silly and stupid, and this movie is so mindblowingly dumb it just ends up being boring and frustrating. There is very little entertainment to be found in this movie.This movie suffers from dumbing everything down. If you are 3 or 5, then you will enjoy this movie. If you are much older than that, you will be bored. I would not recommend this movie because its dumb and not worth watching.
Enchorde This is another of the modern animated movies. Beautifully and colorful animation, good characters, but above all, a good story full of jokes and fun action. Throw in a dash of music and singing, and the set is complete. Rio got it all. A bit too full of clichés and predictable to be a top notch movie, but entertaining all the way.
Horst in Translation (filmreviews@web.de) But you could probably guessed that with the film's title. The writer and director Carlos Saldanha made this a nice feature about his home country. Topics like football, carnival and the rain forest are included, but there are also references to more serious aspects, such as orphan boys living in the slums of Rio or crime in general. Still as this is an animated feature and thus the target audience are mostly younger people, there is nothing too severe in here. The main character is a cookie-eating coffee-drinking blue macaw and we find out he is the one of only two specimen of his kind. The problem, however, is that he is so domesticated by his owner that he cannot even fly and so his trip to Brazil where he meets the other, a female (obviously) who is the exact opposite of him, is full of danger, adventure and a love story. Oh wait, there is actually another love story in there as his owner, a young woman, falls for a wildlife preservationist. The movie starts very nicely with "Real in Rio", the song that managed an Oscar nomination and made up for the film coming short in the Animated Feature category.I quite enjoyed this movie. There are many funny scenes in it from start to finish and Blu and Jewel (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway) just like the two humans are quite a joy to watch. However, I have to say almost all other characters did not do too much for me and I believe this film could have been more essential and better without a couple of them. This way, it would probably not have been 100, but only 85 minutes, but I would have approved of that. There are some emotional moments, like when Blu and Jewel discover their love for one another or the two humans do in their macaw costumes, but as a whole it does not reach the emotional heights of Pixar movies. That is not to say it's a disappointing movie. It's lots of fun and the 7(!) people who worked on the script did a fine job all in all. Saldanha also directed the equally fun sequel from a year ago and I am curious if they will ever make a third movie. If yes, I will probably give it a watch. Until then, I recommend this first Rio movie of the franchise.
Gavin Cresswell (gavin-thelordofthefu-48-460297) It's been a decade since a new animation company competed against Pixar and DreamWorks Animation known as Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Fox. So far, they made the Ice Age franchise (with the original being critically praised and the sequels received mixed to negative reviews) a Dr. Seuss adaptation *Horton Hears A Who*, and two William Joyce projects "Robots" and "Epic". Then, three years later, the company made a new franchise that started with this one known as "Rio", a story about a blue macaw named Blu who travels to Rio De Janiero, Brazil with his human owner. One day, after meeting another blue macaw named Jewel, they get captured by a bunch of bird thieves and a cockatoo bird named Nigel. As they escape from them, they must find a way to get back to Blu's owner with the help from other birds.Looking back at this, I never realized how spectacular this film is. It's not nearly perfect by any means, but it's a really great film. My only nit-pick is that it does have the same clichés that we've seen before (a pet getting kidnapped by people, etc.), but there are other movies that have execution that makes the old clichés work and this is no exception. It does a good job executing those clichés by developing the characters and flowing the story really well.Everything else is great. The story isn't exactly the best, but it's really entertaining and a cute one that has it's heart in the right place. There's never a moment that would make you feel bored. Also, I liked the energy that was put into it and the humor comes across as fast and thick you can't help but giggle and chuckle. The pacing is very brisk and takes you to the world this film introduces us.The characters are likable with the help of a solid voice cast. Jesse Eisenberg does a nice job as Blu, the nerdy, but endearing protagonist while Anne Hathaway does a great job as Jewel, the love interest and secondary main character and her chemistry with Blu is very entertaining. The other characters are amazing. Nigel is a very menacing enough villain he even steals the show. The same thing can be said for the comic reliefs, Nico, Pedro, and Rafael.The music score from John Powell is actually a really good one. Not How To Train Your Dragon worthy, but I liked the Brazilian flavor, the emotion, & energy it gives an epic scale to the film. Also, the songs are really good to listen to. Real In Rio, I Wanna Party (I Wanna Samba), and the others are really nice choices for a musical adventure you'll end up humming them for a long time. Then, there's the animation. The character animation on the humans is fine and the bird designs for the protagonists and the side characters are great, but what really stands out is the visuals. The look of Rio is fantastic. The city, the streets, the ocean, the forest, and the Carnival Festival sequence. It's just... wow.Overall, Rio isn't the best CGI modern animated feature film and it's not on par with Pixar and DreamWorks Animation, but it's a really fun film with a story that is rarely predictable, characters that are endearing, a few songs that are solid, and has a nice touch of Brazilian flavor. It makes me feel like I want to go to Rio so I can party and live my life. Thumbs up!