SINGING THE BLUS
GET READY TO SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER AS THE PLUCKY PARROTS FROM RIO RETURN TO THE THEATRES
Aussies have been tuning in to watch Will.i.am on The
Voice, but they can also catch him searching for Brazil’s hottest music talent in Rio 2.
In the animated sequel, The Black Eyed Peas singer reprises his role as Pedro, a bird who owns a samba club with his bestie Nico (voiced by Jamie Foxx) and who is trying to track down the next big thing in music (there’s even audition scenes).
With no luck in Rio, they decide to join their Blue Macaw buddies Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) on their family trip to the Amazon.
It’s there that Blu’s human friends Linda (Leslie Mann) and her scientist husband Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) are tracking the rumoured last flock of blue macaws in the world. The first Rio was bubbling with excellent music and a rich array of characters.
For Rio 2 then, they seem to have just tried to pack in more of the same.
There’s a number of new faces joining Blu and the old cast, with Bruno Mars voicing a smooth singing bird, Kristin Chenoweth starring as a beautiful, yet deadly little frog and Andy Garcia playing an odd Godfather- type patriarch, especially considering it’s set in South America and not Italy.
But it seems less is more, because compared to Rio, this sequel is cluttered and less heartfelt.
The music isn’t as memorable, although Chenoweth steals the show with her number Poison Love and Jemaine Clement gives a funny rendition of I Will
Survive as nasty cockatoo Nigel.
The plot about cutting down forests isn’t too scary for kids although it might go over some of their heads. However they will probably love the humour, which is mostly aimed at the little ones, as well as the vibrant colours and spectacular visuals.
With Rio 2, Hollywood has churned out another animated sequel that’s overstuffed, although still chirpy enough for kids.
Rio 2 is in cinemas now.
Some of the eye-catching crew from Rio 2.