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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Anne Hathaway
Jamies Foxx
Jesse Eisenberg
Leslie Mann
Jemaine Clement.
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Carlos Saldanha.
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Carlos Saldanha.
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Rio 2
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Plot
Bundled to the Amazon with his new family, the nerd macaw Blu is stunned to encounter the long-lost tribe of his beloved Jewel.


Review

The title’s a misnomer. Blue Sky’s CGI sequel brings back most of the cast of its 2011 hit, but drops them into the Amazon, where Jesse Eisenberg’s macaw Blu discovers his long-lost, feathered in-laws. This is sometimes a ’toon Meet The Parents, with Andy Garcia in the De Niro slot, though the loosely plotted scenes get in each other’s way. We want more psycho cockatoo Nigel (Jemaine Clement), fewer humourless loggers. But there are dazzling interludes (a Busby Berkeley avian routine), good turns (Kristin Chenoweth’s tunefully lovelorn frog), and a flying soccer battle in time for the World Cup.


Verdict
A very unfocused, sporadically funny film, lifted by its (predictable) visual splendour.


Reviewed by Angie Errigo

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Can we talk about Avatar?

If I was James Cameron, and I really wanted the money for some unforseen reason, I would sue! Virtually the entire plot is a lift from Avatar. Loggers replace the evil mining corp, and parrots replace the Navii, but the plot, characters and scenes play out exactly like Avatar. I am baffled how they can be that blatant and get away with it? Maybe because both films are from Fox? Lazy film-making. The bits which were different: the songs, the poisonous, love-lorn frog, the football match,... More

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Posted by Dan Matthews at 12:32, 21 May 2014 | Report This Post


No Need

quite simple A pointless sequel of an Average film.. but for some reason the kids love ... More

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Posted by dethmart at 14:54, 17 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Ho-hum

I usually dislike animation sequels...Usually it doesn't work, like Shrek, A Cloudy etc... Rio 2 was nothing more than OK for me. But my son liked it :) ... More

Posted by m_er at 20:42, 14 April 2014 | Report This Post


Ho-hum

If ever a sequel was unnecessary. At least they got the original voice-cast back.... ... More

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