SINGING THE BLUS

GET READY TO SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER AS THE PLUCKY PAR­ROTS FROM RIO RE­TURN TO THE THE­ATRES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - CARIS BIZZACA

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.

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