The animated movie Rio comes to DVD and Blu-Ray this week. Starring the voice of Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network) as a socially awkward and flightless parrot who finds himself on the run from exotic bird smugglers in Brazil, Rio will appeal to kids but offers nothing new among the barrage of CGI films released in recent years.
Rio, directed by Carlos Saldanha, is a colorful family adventure with a few tunes and a deliciously evil bad guy. Beyond that, it's harmless and sweet, but equally uninspiring. The visuals are good but not spectacular, the story as standard as they come. The songs are forgettable.
Rio is an improvement over Saldanha's other work, Robots - which was terrible - and The Ice Age movies, which are some of the most overrated animated films ever made. But Rio is nothing special, an unremarkable entry that will be forgotten in a year's time.
Still, little children will enjoy it. Rio doesn't have a great cast of supporting characters, but the protagonists get into enough zany situations to keep the film moving at a fast clip. There is nothing very objectionable in the movie; it's harmless most of the time, cute at its best.
Little kids will enjoy Rio and adults will tolerate it, but there are much better animated movies on the market.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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