director Carlos Saldanha
viewed: 04/19/2014 at Maya Bakersfield 16, Bakersfield, CA
I was feeling bad for Clara because when I dragged her to go see the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), the movie that she really wanted to see was Rio 2.
I didn’t see Rio (2011), more because I think the kids wound up seeing it without me and I wasn’t terribly bothered to see the movie featuring Jesse Eisenberg voicing a sort of neurotic blue macaw. Rio was a hit, though, and spawned a sequel (which is also looking a bit like a hit). So, I really wasn’t too enticed to see Rio 2. It didn’t look very amusing in the trailers to either Felix or me. But to Clara, it looked funny. So, I decided to indulge her tastes.
It comes from Blue Sky Studios, the company behind the Ice Age movies, and so the animation and design is quite slick. Digital animation, as I’ve noted before, has set a pretty high bar for production design, and Rio 2 features some gorgeous jungles and lush details of feathers and features throughout. The film relies pretty heavily on name actors voicing characters, which I tend to think of as lazy. Mostly the name actors speak in their own voices, so it’s not so much a character as much as it is the character is developed along the voice of the actor.
You’ve got your Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, and Bruno Mars. A little better are will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Jermaine Clement, and Kristin Chenoweth, probably the film’s funniest characters.
Frankly, even a little George Lopez is almost enough to put me off any movie.
It’s tolerable. The film, I mean. And Clara enjoyed it, which was the point. Felix wasn’t too interested before or after. I make it a point not to criticize something like this that she likes that I don’t care for, if it’s in the range of toleration. Everyone is entitled to their own tastes, and she is still a 10 year old girl who likes animated features that her peers enjoy. I manage the kids’ movie viewing quite a lot, so I really shouldn’t complain.