Kind of cute. Sort of sweet. A little entertaining.Good-ish. And not anywhere near the level of fun and creativity as the first Rio adventure.

 

We find our favorite blue macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) with their three kids living in Rio and enjoying their lives as the only remaining blue macaws on the planet… or so they thought. Their human friends, Linda (Leslie Mann) and Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) have ventured in to the Amazon and found a flock of the blue feathered avian friends. When news reaches Blu and Jewel they decide to pack up their family and head into the jungle for a family adventure to meet their relatives. As it turns out the flock is lead by Jewel’s thought to be long gone Dad (Andy Garcia) who does not approve of his daughter’s chosen mate…after all Blu acts more human than bird. To add to the ever growing list of plot complications in Rio 2 we find that we have a love triangle on our hands when we are introduced to Jewel’s suave, hair flipping ex-boyfriend Rodrigo (Bruno Mars).  And not only does poor Blu have family drama to deal with but his former nemesis Nigel (Jemaine Clement) is back at it, trying to get revenge on Blu. Oh- and there is a group of humans trying to destroy the rainforest the blue macaws calls home.

 

For most of Rio 2 it seems as though the writers could not decide what should be the complication; the humans gutting the rainforest and ruining the blue macaws home, Nigel out for revenge against Blu, Jewel’s ex-boyfriend who wants her back, or her Dad who clearly doesn’t approve of her GPS toting husband? The story jumps around so much that they lose focus and the story becomes boring and annoying. But even with all of the problems there are a few bright spots. Kristin Chenoweth joins the cast as Gabi, a poisonous tree frog who is head over heels in love with Nigel and willing to assist him in his diabolical plan against Blu. Gabi is cute, funny and belts out a couple of fantastic tunes.

 

There are some adorable and funny moments, great and catchy musical numbers, but overall this doesn’t compare to the first. Don’t pay full price to see it- go to a matinee on a rainy afternoon or wait for it to be on Redbox.

 

 

Rated G

1 hour, 42 minutes

In theatres April 11, 2014