Rio is a heartwarming, charismatic, family-friendly convergence of genres. This enjoyable extravaganza is a sweet love story embedded within a kid’s animated feature. The movie is highlighted by an all-star voice cast, featuring the likes of Jessie Eisenberg (Valentine’s Day), Will I Am (X:Men Origins: Wolverine), Tracy Morgan (Cop Out), and Jamie Foxx (Horrible Bosses).
Rio is a humorous, multifaceted animated feature with universal appeal. It tells the story of the last male Macaw who has been domesticated and then becomes an unlikely hero as he finds true love and his own identity. Blue (Eisenberg), the last male Macaw, travels to Rio to meet and procreate with Jewel (Hathaway), a female Macaw in captivity. Blue, a flightless bird, who has been raised by his human friend Lisa. He lives a very sheltered life in Minnesota. The two birds have a contrast of perceptions about humans: Blue is trusting of humans because of his relationship with Lisa and Jewel is extremely distrusting of them because of her time in the wild and terrible experiences with humans.
Rio is a touching story that uses a cartoon as its vehicle for this sweet tale. It’s an entertaining merging of genres. It’s part musical, part comedy, and adventure all fused together to breathe life into this heartfelt tale of discovery. It’s humorous, from the start, and this witty cauldron is highlighted by entertaining music that sets the tone of the film. Rio is stockpiled with a number of musical sequences that greatly enhance the enjoyment of the film. Each of them tell a small story giving some insight into the nature of the movie. The film’s flamboyant opening sequences thrust the audience into the feel of Rio as well as showcases the beautiful animation of the movie.
In addition to the music, Rio is full of vibrant, entrancing cinematography that showcases the wondrous land of Rio. It aptly compliments the tale of freedom, love, and flight. Every aspect of this movie contributes to the idea and theme of the film. It envelops the audience, completely submerging them into this wondrous tale of self discovery.
Rio is highlighted by a talented, diverse voice cast. Each member of the cast boasts some enjoyable screen time that greatly enhances the likeability of the film. Eisenberg tones down his usual loquacious, over verbose performance to voice Blue. Hathaway adds a solid performance as the voice of Jewell. Both she and Eisenberg make an enjoyable pair as the voices of the would be love birds. Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, and all add to the enjoyment of Rio.
Rio is one of those universally appealing movies that brings out the kid in all of us. The feel appeals to the senses as it is almost a visual aphrodisiac. It seduces the audio and visual senses with a bombardment of sights and sounds that force the audience into a stupor of pleasantness.
There are some hilarious scenes that are cleverly interwoven in the film that help the adults enjoy the film. The monkeys, the bird club, and the carnival all will make the adults fall in love with Rio. Sit back, grab your popcorn, and enjoy the experience of Rio.