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    May 25, 2014


    Rio 2 is the sequel to the 2011's colourful and chirpy musical extravaganza that looked almost like a rip-off of Angry Bird universe. But the Carlos Saldanha’s animated picture was hailed for its brilliantly entertaining story, vibrant character story and an awesome soundtrack to go along; making Rio as a surprise hit. Three years later, that sequel is unfortunately behaving like many of the other animated sequels in the most typical manner where it felt so unoriginal and lost more than half the usual charm.

    The problems with Rio 2 are not because it lacks or fails to recite any laughable moments or any song to please the ears, but rather because it losses almost all the good things that make the predecessor so lovable. And of course, it recycles the same plot from the original once more by taking the theme about environmental conservation and making it bigger. Then and again, the whole conflict of city-vs-country life fills in a majority of the story. So as it seen, Rio 2 is an overly familiar animated movie but as it progresses further, the movie becomes way more preachy, way noisier than the next door neighbor, busier than the plot can handle and ultimately exhausting to watch.

    With the less than convincing villains comprising a logging boss whose obsession seems only to destroy the rainforest and that same maniac parrot from the original on the board, the story dimension becomes less appealing than the first one. For the most part of the movie, it looks just an animated form of the popular "Meet the Parents" movies amalgamated with some scene from "Waterboy" or a poor rendition of “American Idol” that is done with less excitement, predictable-ridden plots and silly screenplay that appeals only to mesmerize the kids or some younger souls who love every other animated disasters out there.

    Despite Rio 2 been overly familiar and less charming than the first movie, the number of songs featured in the entire movie is still something that deserves some credits though. Packed with amazing voice talents like Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae and Kristin Chenoweth give the musical aspect of Rio 2 to be on par with the first one, although none of them are practically show-stealing.

    Rio 2 fails to avoid been just another typical animated sequel that desperately tries to replicate things that make the original feature a hit, but only to find this round of new adventure less charming, tirelessly repetitive and less unique.

    Story: 2.5
    Casts: 4.0
    Cinematography: 4.5
    Effects: 4.5
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 12.9/20.0

    "Rio 2" stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, will.I.am, Jamie Foxx, Kristin Chenoweth and Bruno Mars; presented by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox; directed by Carlos Saldanha from the screenplay by Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner. The movie is rated U and is released in Malaysia since April 17, 2014. The movie runs about 101 minutes.
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