Out Now On-Demand
3D animated family flick - from the makers of Ice Age and Horton Hears A Who - about a nerdy macaw bird from small-town Minnesota, named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network), who takes off on an adventure to the rainforests of Rio de Janeiro.
Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) thinks he is the last of his kind. So when he discovers there's another - and that she's a she - he breaks out of his cage and heads to Brazil to find her. But it's far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel (Anne Hathaway). Also features the voice talents of Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Jamie Foxx.
Blue Sky Studios
Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, 3D
School holidays have nearly arrived and this will be the film to see. In the past we’ve had animated movies about fish, cars, robots – now computer animation has tackled our feathered friends. That’s right; birds, those creepy, beady-eyed creatures (even McDonald’s Birdie never quite worked, and that’s counting Grimace) are much cuter in Rio, with big anthropomorphised faces and movements.
Blu, a rare blue macaw voiced by The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg, finds himself a fish out of water in the vibrant and festive town of Rio de Janiero. The movie, just like the place, is colourful and jubilant. The setting is great, taking us through sparkling carnivals, ramshackle favelas and leafy jungles. There’s a sizeable host of characters (possibly a few too many) of parrots, bulldogs, monkeys and more.
If I had a gripe, it’s that the story (from the writer of the Big Momma’s House franchise) is a little ordinary, never taking flight and feeling quite laboured. The movie isn’t hugely funny either, though not for lack of trying. A highlight was the villainous cockatoo, voiced by Jemaine Clement, performing a very Conchordsian musical number. Rio might be conventional fare but it’s fun for the school-aged.
Dominion Post (Graeme Tuckett)
New York Times
TVNZ (Darren Bevan)
Looks pretty good. not gonna be as good as sucker punch. ( which was awesome, go see it. ) I'll give it a try though! :)