Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Rio 2: A True Family Adventure

I'm lucky to be apart of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program here in Galesburg and that means I finally have someone to go with to all those kids movies. So the other weekend I took my little to see Rio 2. We both liked the first one and decided it would be a nice rainy day activity. 

The movie finds Blu(Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel(Anne Hathaway) are parents, living happily in the confines of Rio with their friends. It starts on New Years eve and in typical fashion Blu is hyper-concerned over the care of his little ones. It seems all those who volunteered to watch their kids have made their way to the fiesta and the kids have been left with the last bird around, who has been tied to a fire work and about to be shot into the air. 

This is just the beginning of what seems to be Jewel's biggest issue with living in the City. It seems Blu has in a work domesticated his children or in a sense turned them into pets. They eat human food, listen to ipods and even watch tv. But when Jewel hears about the discovery of a Blue Macaw family living on the Amazon. This leads to Jewel and the family to fly from Rio to the Amazon to find if the rumor's true. 

Like with most kids movies there's a lot to love and laugh about. There's danger and bad guys as Nigel(Jemaine Clement) and his new sidekick Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth) the frog who's in love with him. Both are looking for Blu and to end his world and you'll just have to see the movie to see what happen.

Over all the movie was very cute and the music was great with Jamie Fox and Will-I Am taking most of the vocal leads. It's also a great story about earth conservation and saving out rain forests and the importance of keeping our natural resources in check. So outside of the kid friendliness of the movie it's also a great learning tool about the environment.   

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