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Film Review: Rio (2011)
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Rio (2011). Written and directed by Carlos Saldanha. The film starts in Rio de Janeiro, where a number of tropical birds are captured and then smuggled to the USA. A baby spix macaw accidentally gets knocked off the lorry it's being carried on, and ends up being found and cared for by Linda, an American bookshop owner. Some years later a Brazilian ornithologist, Tulio, enters Linda's bookshop to tell her that the macaw, now named Blu, is the only male spix macaw left and he would like to mate him with the only female, that is kept in Rio de Janeiro. After a spate of family films that have left me feeling a bit "meh", Rio was a nice surprise. I suspect it helps that the film is both written and directed by a Brazilian, as although there are some clichés, there are also some lovely and genuine references to Brazil. I suspect it also helps that I lived in Brazil, and that may well skew my love for it. Either way I felt the film was full of good music, colourful animation, and great characters. Jesse Eisenberg was a great choice to voice Blu, and Anne Hathaway even sounds good as the voice for Jewel, the female spix macaw. The overall result for me is a charming family film that's great, but not quite a classic. Inevitably for fans of family animation. 4/5 (Good)
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