When 20th Century Fox released Rio back in 2011, it grossed $485 Million dollars at the box office. Nowadays in Hollywood, that means a sequel!
Set three years after the events of the original, Rio 2 follows the two blue macaws, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) who are now happily married with kids.
A series of misguided directions and accidents lead Blu and Jewel to the clan of Blue Macaws headed by, you guessed it, Jewels’ father Eduardo (Andy Garcia). Blu then tries to fit in with the jungle crowd, prove himself to his father-in-law, and compete with Roberto, voiced by Bruno Mars (sigh).
This movie is a boring and muddled mess. The overabundance of sub-plots distracted from the main story. The side plot about the loggers tearing down the Amazon was forgettable and felt as if it was thrown in to add some kind of “message” about saving the rainforest, which turned out to be a bunk. Though the rainforest is in dangers of being destroyed, the animals will just rise up and beat them back all by themselves, right? Also, the story with Blu trying to impress his father-in-law has been done a thousand times before.
The only redeeming factor of Rio is its soundtrack. The music breathes life into this lifeless plot with catchy tunes and performances. Unfortunately it fails to be as memorable as the songs from the first film.
All in all, this was a forgettable and cliché film. From the “loggers are evil” storyline, to the “all the animals team up to beat the bad businessman” climax, to the boring “everything works out for everyone” ending. Rio 2 is an animated film that, in the post-Frozen era, looks lazy. This a film a babysitter can use to get kids to sit still for a couple hours.