Chico & Rita (2012)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist and five-time Grammy-winning composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a defining moment in the evolution of history and jazz, and features the music of (and animated cameos by) Thelonious Monk,
Feb 10, 2012 Limited
Sep 18, 2012
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Eman Xor Oña
Chico, Chico (Speaking ...
Ramon, Ramón (Speaking ...
Chico (Singing Voice)
Rita (Singing Voice)
Estrella Morente (Singi...
Nat King Cole (Singing)
Ben Webster (Instrument...
Miguelito Valdés (Singi...
Michael Phillip Mossman
Dizzie Gillespie (Instr...
Tito Puente (Singing)
Charlie Parker (Instrum...
Chano Pozo (Singing)
Chico (Celia) - (Singin...
"Chico & Rita" is that rare thing, a cartoon for adults, with a bittersweet take on love and fate and a romantic's view of the night.
A buttery rich animated tale of love, jazz, showbiz, fame and politics in the late '40s and early '50s that is as catchy as its tunes.
When a soundtrack this fluidly elegant is married to trite dialogue, thin characterizations, and chockablock animation, it has to go down as a missed opportunity.
Presented in a wash of animated colors, this story of a hot-headed sexy Latina songstress and her jazz piano player takes on new life.
Remarkably sexy for its genre (it's not for kids at all), it's nostalgic about a time and place that rarely gets treated on film ("Godfather II" touched on it), and it has an emotional pull that may catch you by surprise.
Brash and jazzy and -- to use a word not often associated with animated feature films -- sexy.
When a place and its people are this stylish, we can't help but be drawn to them.
It's hot and sweet and made with inspiration and cheek. And it is not your children's animated fare -- which, in this case, is a recommendation.
The animation is inventive and eye-popping everywhere except where it most matters: the design of the characters.
The images and the music -- and for that matter the story -- seem to belong together to create the vibrant whole of the film.
The movie works better if you sink into its milieu, enjoying the jazzy color schemes, the fluid animation and, above all, a dynamite soundtrack.
A perfectly agreeable exercise in musical nostalgia...undermined by clumsiness of execution.
The film's design and animation... are so sublimely appealling that the story gets to be an afterthought; or, at least, the story doesn't actively ruin your day.
Unfortunately, an evocative setting--the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz in Havana and New York--sets the stage for a rather slight romance.
Audience Reviews for Chico & Rita
- Chico: Have you thought about your career? About your future?
- Rita: Future, what future? The future never gave me anything! All my hopes are set on the past.
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