We watched Rio on Monday evening since my husband said he wanted to spend some quality time with us after being away in Austin, Texas and St. Paul, Minnesota for almost a month for his business trip and needless to say, we all missed him. He showed me some of the pictures he took while he was there and I have to say I was awed by some of the places he visited. I will share them on my Wordless Wednesday posts once he has the time to download them all (yes, he's still trying to recover from jet lag).

So onto the movie. If you have seen the trailer, you’d know that the main focus of this animation is about the birds. There is a baby male macaw lived in a jungle near the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and he has not learned how to fly yet. One day while watching his friends and neighbours singing and entertaining themselves, the smugglers came and caught some of them. Unfortunately, this baby macaw is one of them and they are being smuggled to Minnesota (can you see the coincidence? LOL). During the journey, the box that carried the baby macaw dropped off from the truck and a girl named Linda (Leslie Mann) found him. She named him Blu and decided to look after him.

Years passed and Linda became a bookstore owner. Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), which is now an adult macaw, still has not learned how to fly. Later a scientist from Brazil came to look for Linda, telling her that Blu is the last male of his species, and he wants to take him to Rio so that Blu can mate with a female in order to preserve the species. Linda refused to do so initially, but she agreed in the end for the good cause.

When Blu meets Jewel (Anne Hathaway), the female macaw, he is smitten by her beauty but the latter thinks of nothing but to escape from their prison. While she is thinking of ways to escape, the place is raided with the help of the smuggler’s cockatoo, Nigel, which posed as a sick bird and once again, Blu is forced to flee. However, bad luck continues to befall on Blu and this time around, he and Jewel are caught and chained together. There is a short history of why Nigel helps the smuggler but I’m not going there.

Blu and Jewel then managed to escape, but they couldn’t travel far since Blu doesn’t know how to fly. They met a family of toucans in a jungle and the father toucan brought them to a friend named Luiz (which is a bulldog) for he believes he could remove the chain that binds them together. Meanwhile, Linda and the scientist are frantically looking for the pair of macaws and they would do anything to find them, including sneaking into a Brazilian carnival and posed as dancers after learning from Fernando, a poor boy who is feeling remorse for helping the smugglers to smuggle the macaws.

The above scenarios are just parts of the film and there are far more exciting adventures in which I’d rather not spoil for you. I also enjoyed seeing how Blu’s and Jewel’s feelings towards each other changes (the same goes to Linda and the scientist) as the story progresses. On top of that, the musicals totally rock and I felt myself tapping my feet away whenever a Brazilian number is being played (the carnival scene is the most spectacular). What can I say? We had a great time watching this animation; it was so cute and hilarious. I’d go for the 3D effects if it doesn’t make me feeling giddy (I must be getting old!).
7 Responses
  1. Violet Says:

    We went to watch Rio last weekend but ended up watching Hall Pass instead. Glad to know you had a fun time watching it.

  2. Julia Says:

    I'm sure it was a nice evening spent with your hubby and daughter that day. And I'm glad you guys enjoyed the movie Rio. I would have to Netflix this one :)

  3. This movie looks like so much fun! There are actually several animated movies out right now that I'd like to see and this one's definitely at the top of the list. Glad you liked it!!

  4. The Bookworm Says:

    The movie sounds good! Looking foward to the Wordless Wednesday pics.

  5. Iliana Says:

    OMG, I can't believe your husband was in my neck of the woods! :) Hope he enjoyed (as much as one can enjoy a business trip) his visit to Austin.

    Rio looks really cute. Glad you guys enjoyed it!

  6. Melody Says:

    Violet - I hope you had fun watching Hall Pass!

    Julia - Great! Can't wait to hear what you'll think of this! :)

    Trish - I hope you'll enjoy this movie as much as I did!!

    Naida - Thanks, Naida! :)

    Iliana - I was thinking of you when my husband first told me that he'd be going to Austin. I'd have visited you if I went along with him, lol.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    My hubby really wants to see this. Off to add it to my Netflix queue.

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