Rio 2

2014

Rio 2

Critics Consensus

Like most sequels, Rio 2 takes its predecessor's basic template and tries to make it bigger -- which means it's even busier, more colorful, and ultimately more exhausting for viewers outside the youthful target demographic.

48%

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Total Count: 115

58%

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User Ratings: 105,599
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It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in RIO 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. All our favorite RIO characters are back, and they're joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. RIO 2 also features new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monae and Wondaland. (c) Fox

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  • Feb 08, 2016
    This sequel is trying to juggle way too many characters in what looks and feels like an Avatar variant at times (blue creatures, hidden jungle refuge, fight against the exploiters). Seriously though, this is beautifully animated and gorgeous to look at. Kids will have a lot of fun with it, adults will wish that the short glimpses of really mean, anarchic humor would have lasted longer.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2014
    Uninspired and formulaic, Rio 2 has none of the charm or wit of the original. Setting off on a new adventure, Blu takes his new family to the Amazon where he meets his father-in-law and his flock; meanwhile an illegal logger tears down the forest. It's a hackneyed story that's full of bad cliches. And the eco-messages have been dialed up to 11, overshadowing the plot and the characters. The comedy also suffers, as all the in-your-face proselytizing kills the mood. Unfortunately, Rio 2 is a colossal mess that strays far from what made the first film such a success.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2014
    The first Rio didn't really set the world on fire to the point that everyone was clamoring for a sequel, but here we are. Personally, while I thought the first Rio was a little kiddy, it was still a pretty fun little movie. This one, on the other hand, didn't really do much for me. You can just sense them going through the motions as far as plot, character development, and voice acting. The songs, though, are actually pretty damn good all things considered, it's just got a very different flavor and style than what you'd normally see in a Disney movie. I'd pick any of these songs over anything on Frozen every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I realize everybody loves Frozen, but the songs in that movie are stereotypically Disney to a fault. To me, it was a parody of a Disney move. But I digress, if there's any reason this film gets two stars it is because of its songs and its animation. It's certainly very colorful and vibrant, but I feel it's almost that way because there was really nothing else the film offered, so they'd hope that you'd be distracted by the colorful visuals and just pretend the film was great. Some people may have bought into that, but I didn't. Not because I'm better, or smarter, than them. I'm just not easily fooled. I realize that sounds condescending, but it wasn't intended as such. To be honest, I'm really having a tough time remembering most of this movie even after a day of watching it. I watched The Raid 2 over a month ago and I remember more about that movie than I do about this one that I watched last night. Perhaps because I thought the former was one of the greatest action films I've ever seen and this is just a pedestrian sequel to a fairly solid, but unimpressive, film. The story is eco-frendly, so the hippies in the audience will be happy. Can't exactly complain about the film's message, but the way it goes about it is done in an incredibly predictable and tired fashion. There are some inspired bits, I thought the soccer scene was cool and the melodramatic love duet between Nigel and Gabi was pretty funny. I don't think there are any more highlights in the film to be quite honest. I'm sure kids will be amused and that's ultimately what this film was intended for, kids' amusement. If you've followed my reviews, and why would you, then you know how I feel about this. Kids can't go to movie theaters by themselves, they need adult supervision...hence why you make it so both the kid and the adult can enjoy the movie. Why is that so hard to figure out? Pixar, for the most part, certainly not on Cars 2, and The Muppets have figured this formula out. I don't understand why it's so difficult. I suppose it's easier to amuse children, what with their age and underdeveloped minds, they're not looking for intelligent storytelling or interesting character development, they just want to laugh at the goofy shit that happens. Easier to do that than it is to legitimately try to make a good movie that appeals to both audiences, however different they may be. I may not have enjoyed this movie, but it's practically an inoffensive little movie, it's not gonna cause you to pull your hair out, it's just dull and uninspired and it's obvious that this film is, creatively, dried up. And there's plans for a third movie, which I am dreading. But this is a business, and this movie made money, so a sequel is to be expected. You should watch Wreck-it Ralph instead, this movie offers nothing interesting.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2014
    Another animated movie based on another species of animal, why? because they can and its another easy money maker. I'm waiting for an animated movie based on dung beetles and elephants...why? I dunno, they haven't milked them yet so game on, we're clearly gonna get an animated movie about every flippin creature on Earth eventually. So the first film was set in Rio and I'm guessing this film will move into the rain forest? did you see that coming? So I'm guessing as the film is set deep within the Amazonian rain forest the plot will cover the destruction of the rain forest and 'Blu' and co becoming naturalised to jungle life...see that coming? Is any of this film even remotely original in any sense? does it even try?! the answer is no, this is merely the same formulaic albeit gorgeous looking CGI flick we've now seen about a thousand times. So the film is a formulaic cookie cutter production and like other identical films there are a few positive things I can mention. Firstly the visuals are of course sumptuous, I mean really bright bold glossy colourful and extremely well animated. This is naturally no real surprise as these days CGI movies have reached a point where the skills and computer technology are in their prime, you expect them to look stunning, you know they will, its so routine that you could actually argue that people don't even notice the visuals anymore. The other thing I like about these films is how they manage to highlight typical traits of the particular species in question, both behavioural and environmentally. This normally covers obvious things we all know about the specific species and their habitat, common knowledge, but also little winks or tit bits that maybe someone with that extra bit of animal knowledge might spot...which is cool. This normally also covers the various other creatures in the film too, for example the dart frog character being pointed out as not actually poisonous and spotting the various tropical birds hidden throughout the foliage. In all honesty though apart from that most of this film is the same spiel all over again. You have all the same characters from the nerdy yet plucky hero who is utterly useless, the lively kids, the sidekicks voiced by various famous people, usually a rap star of some kind, to the stereotypically British voiced bad guy who sounds like Tim Curry and his own silly sidekick. Yeah sure there are some reasonable visual gags here and there but really the entire film hinges on the likable dastardly vocal performance of Jemaine Clement, everything else is dull. So cliche that 'Eduardo' the gruff father has a buzz cut style tuft on his head, is this Macaw from the 50's USA? I must also be negative about the use of way too many song sequences, is it possible a new animated film can actually make it through its run time without one dreadful rap/hip-hop tune? no apparently not. It seems either Hollywood or kids these days love this stuff because every CGI animated flick seems to have some hip-hop or rap in it which instantly destroys any self respect or quality the film was aiming for in my opinion. Add to this the now statutory inclusion of rap/hip-hop/pop stars for voice work too, plenty of folk out there but yeah sure, lets use some bland untalented popstars just to lure in more kids. I still don't get how this particular universe is suppose to even work, they are real birds and squawk or chirp when communicating with humans. They live like birds, eat like birds...do everything like real birds...yet Blu owns his own tiny GPS, electric toothbrush and various other tiny items that seem to have been made...for birds? Yeah I know I'm being extremely picky over a silly kids movie but I just couldn't help but think to myself...where would Blu possibly get this stuff from?? Quite liked how the word 'pet' is a dirty word for the birds though. Business as usual then, wash rinse and repeat formula, safe but sorry, if it ain't broke?...or was it maybe broke from the start?? *raise eyebrow*. The finale is daft and kinda spoils what little the film had going for itself, its not like the film even mocks itself, it takes itself relatively seriously in terms of the adventure. Grandiose in the eye candy department, wetter than mackerels bumhole, friendlier than a very friendly fat handlebar moustached German in tight leather lederhosen, ecologically sound (and shoved down your throat) and with more cutesy critters than you can wave your gun at. Its the same as everything else but its about birds...and its a sequel.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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