Movie Review: ‘Rio 2’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

‘Rio 2’ is a great children’s cartoon! It has music, colors and a happy-ending story line (sorry, should have said spoiler alert). This film makes you happy from the opening credits until the conclusion.

There is the obvious rise and fall of the action to fit a standard children’s tale, but there are some adult themes to keep the grown-ups interested too.

From the beginning we are given big musical numbers and great visual effects to give our eyes a treat. The movie opens in Rio de Janeiro and takes the audience and the birds and a cast of other characters to the Amazon.

The movie stars the voices of Jesse EisenbergAnne HathawayJemaine Clement as well as George Lopez and Bruno Mars, among others.

What the movie didn’t lack was a sense of appeal for both parents and children. There were themes that could appeal to all.

Blu’s character, played by Eisenberg, was a loveable neat-freak who was overly concerned with all the dangers of the jungle. He took paranoia to a new extreme and it was funny.

Hathaway voiced Blu’s wife Jewel. Jewel, a wild bird, had no problem fitting in to the Amazon as it was her home.

We meet Jewel’s family and ex-macaw beau who poses a bit of a threat to Blu’s manliness — again funny.

The movie has sweet moments and fun moments for the kids too. There’s a soccer match that is sure to capture the hearts of young boys the world over.

There’s not enough good things to say about this film, but mostly I’ll let the film speak for itself like a parrot, so go see it.

Items from IMDb:

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The movie’s protagonist character Blu is a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota. He met the fiercely independent Jewel and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams in the first movie.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake T. Austin
Fernando (voice)
Carlinhos Brown
Audition Bird (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth
Gabi (voice)
Jemaine Clement
Nigel (voice)
Jim Conroy
Capoeira Turtle (voice)
Rachel Crow
Carla (voice)
Bernardo de Paula
Carnival Barker / Blue Sentry (voice)
Nola Donkin
Opera Bird (voice)
Jesse Eisenberg
Blu (voice)
Miguel Ferrer
Big Boss (voice)
Jamie Foxx
Nico (voice)
Pierce Gagnon
Tiago (voice)
Andy Garcia
Eduardo (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia
Spoonbill / Perl (voice)
Bebel Gilberto
Eva (voice)


“It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blue tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful …”


Plot Summary |


He’s villainous, she’s venomous. See more »


Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family


| See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site [Brazil] | See more »




English | Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rio 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »

Box Office


$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,327,869 (USA) (11 April 2014)


$107,361,821 (USA) (6 May 2014)

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Technical Specs


101 min

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1

See full technical specs »


Did You Know?


In Serbia, Felipe is dubbed by a famous rapper Ajs Nigrutin, and main bad guy is voice-played by football player Savo Milosevic. See more »


[from trailer]
Jewel: We are not people, we’re birds. We have to get out into the wild and be birds, Blu.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are animated in the style of a pop-up book. See more »


Look at Me Now
Written Christopher Maurice Brown, Dwayne Carter, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Trevor Smith, Jean Baptiste Kouame, Nick Van De Wall and Ryan Buendia
Performed by Amy Heidemann
Produced by John Powell

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