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Movie review: Sidekick characters steal the show in yet another animated movie, Rio 2

Published on Apr 9, 2014 2:20 PM
Movie still from Rio 2. -- PHOTO:  TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

RIO 2 (G)

102 minutes/Opens on Thursday/2.5 stars

The story: Blue macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) lead a peaceful life with their three kids in Rio de Janeiro, but Jewel dreams of living in the wild. When their owners Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro) and Linda (Leslie Mann) discover a hidden tribe of blue macaws in the middle of the Amazon, the birds fly out to see what life is like there, much to the chagrin of the overly domesticated Blu.

Visually, this movie certainly matches the standards of its predecessor, boasting images that are just as bright and stunningly colourful. The scenes in the Amazon are especially pretty to look at, when the rainbow-hued birds fly through the lush earthy jungle.

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