By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
Rio 2 is roughly 2 and a half hours of beautiful cinematography, loud musical numbers, and subtle adult humor. However, it’s clear that the movie focused more on its grand musical numbers, because everything else fell flat in comparison. Bringing back the main birds from the original Rio, the sequel explores Jewel and Blu’s life after marriage and three babies.
The movie’s colorful and intricately designed birds were amazing to watch on screen, not to mention the 3D visuals really made it feel like I was soaring through the Amazon River. I could practically see every individual feather drawn on the bird’s body, too! Now, accompany the stunning visuals with an amazing soundtrack and cast, and you have the potential for a great movie. Key word: potential.
Remember when I said everything else fell flat? Well, let’s talk about the jumbled storylines, new character additions, and why it didn’t work out in the end. It does not matter how cute each and every bird was, because following more than 3 storylines in one movie is a hassle. First, you have our favorite feathery couple who can’t decide if they want to stay in the Amazon or move to the city. Then, their winged friends fly into the picture, and you’re forced to follow their struggles while trying to remember why Jewel and Blu are angry at each other. Several characters in the picture were so useless, I had to wonder why they were given screen time in the first place!
I’m not saying that Rio 2 was lame; in fact, I enjoyed the movie and the silly banter in between all the characters, but the clutter was too much to handle. If you’re interested in musicals, and enjoy breaking out into random song, then this movie’s worth the 12 bucks. Plus, you wouldn’t want to miss out on knowing just how cute Blu and Jewel are together. Our final verdict, though? C+.
Images courtesy of Rio Facebook.