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Rio

Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Apr 5 2011

Given that ‘Ice Age’ director Carlos Saldanha hails from Rio de Janeiro, we can only assume this new Blue Sky Studios 3D animation was a personal project for him – a chance to celebrate his hometown and drum up some tourism along the way. He’s made a fine fist of capturing the city’s landscape with its colourful favelas, lush vegetation, sunny beaches and that most iconic of landmarks, Sugarloaf Mountain. A shame, then, that the film is hamstrung by an uninspiring, tissue-thin story about a rare, domesticated macaw that doesn’t know how to fly.

An instantly recognisable Jesse Eisenberg (Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network’) voices Blu, who has an easy life in Minnesota in the care of mollycoddling bookstore assistant Linda (Leslie Mann). But when bird expert Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) learns of Blu’s existence, he turns up to whisk him away to Rio for a mating session with Jewel (Anne Hathaway), the last remaining female of the species. Ordinarily, a scenario like this would make decent material for a wildlife documentary but really not a very exciting kids’ film – which explains the appearance of badass poachers who steal Blu and Jewel with a view to making a killing on the black market.

In the film’s favour, the 3D is crisp, richly realised and endowed with exquisite depth of field. But all that eye-candy counts for little when the jokes fall flat, the Latino songs lack lustre and the script is so ineffectual. ‘Rio’ isn’t totally devoid of merit – it could just do with a lot more zip and zing in its tail feathers.
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U

UK release:

Fri Apr 8, 2011

Duration:

96 mins

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ric

1 star cos im sick of seeing the blu character in the stupid cineworld adverts.its been on for at least 2months

Jade

RRRIIIOOO GREAT FILM IM GOING TO SEE IT TODAY FOR THE 10TH TIME LOL

Jade

RRRIIIOOO GREAT FILM IM GOING TO SEE IT TODAY FOR THE 10TH TIME LOL

SJP

Super film, loved it, worth watching. Children thought it was great x

SJP

Super film, loved it, worth watching. Children thought it was great x

Eleanor

Rio is exetedablely funny as carnival has some ridiculas costumes and spider on bleus back and pedro and the funniest hat jewel islike the jewel of the forest you MUST SEE IT! youll LOVE IT!

Eleanor

Rio is exetedablely funny as carnival has some ridiculas costumes and spider on bleus back and pedro and the funniest hat jewel islike the jewel of the forest you MUST SEE IT! youll LOVE IT!

kate

BRILLIANT HILARIOUS this s the film you want to take us kids to watch at the pictures

kate

BRILLIANT HILARIOUS this s the film you want to take us kids to watch at the pictures