In wonderful Rio, Blu experiences the adventure of a lifetime and finds true freedom. This is a charming and fun film, suitable for the whole family.
A parrot called Blu is born in the jungle outside Rio de Janeiro. He is barely hatched before he is caught and shipped to Minnesota. Here, he is rescued by a young girl called Linda, and for the next 15 years, he lives a happy life with her.
Then, one day Dr. Tulio Montero arrives, claiming that Blu is the last male parrot of his kind. The only way to save the species is by taking Blu back to Rio, where Tulio keeps a female parrot. Blu is reluctant to leave his safe home; however, Linda convinces him that it's the right thing to do.
In Rio, the adventure really begins. Blu is introduced to Jewel, the female parrot; though, she is more interested in getting back to the jungle than being seduced by the slightly geeky Blu. The situation becomes even worse when the two parrots are abducted by three ruthless thugs and a cannibalistic cockatoo. All this coincides with the start of the famous carnival, and Blu has a hard time managing without Linda, especially as he and Jewel constantly have to flee from the evil cockatoo.
As well as this, the fact that Blu can’t fly doesn’t help either.
Quality and Theme
"Rio" is a well made animated film that offers great entertainment for the whole family. The film is made by the director of the Ice Age films, which is quite evident. We get to know several fun and wacky characters, and the story is filled with action, excitement and great samba rhythms from beginning to end. The film provides brilliant entertainment; however, it should be said that, allthough the characters are wacky and fun, they are nowhere near as appealing as Sid and Scat the squirrel from the Ice Age films. And, even though the story is very charming and fun, the quality of the film as a whole is not quite on par with the best animation films.
The message of the film is quite good. Freedom is a central theme – Blu feels very safe with Linda, even though he is often transported in a small cage. When he suddenly finds himself on the loose in the large and wonderful city of Rio, however, he feels insecure and not free – especially since he can’t fly. But as the story progresses, Blu gets a glimpse of the wonderful things that exist in the world, and he learns what real freedom is. At the same time, the film suggests, in a great way, that a real and happy family doesn’t necessarily have to be quite as we imagine.
”Rio” has a U rating, and, even though there are a number of dramatic scenes, the youngest children can safely watch the film. Still, the very youngest might appreciate having an adult next to them when the evil cockatoo rages. The film is equally well suited for young people and adults, making this film perfect for a family outing to the cinema.
”Rio” isn’t among the best films of its genre; however, the film is so charming, fun and exciting that it’s almost impossible not to be entertained.
Director: Carlos Saldanha Genre: Comedy, Animation Voices: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Will I. Am, Jermaine Clement and more Language: English Nationality: USA Production Company: Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation Length: 1h 36mins Production Year: 2010 Age Limit: U Suitability: Family BBFC’s Consumer Advice: Contains mild comic threat, slapstick violence and innuendo.
Our Assessment: Recommended