Amazon or Bust
Blu, Jewel and their three kids are going about their business when they see on TV that they are not the only ones of their breed left. It leads to them leaving Rio de Janeiro and heading into the wilds of the Amazon so that Blu can learn more about where he came from. But for Blu it is a jungle out there as he not only has to deal with meeting his father-in-law but also fitting in whilst dealing with Nigel.
I wasn't overly fussed by the first "Rio" and said something along the lines of it being a good animation for children but lacking that extra something to make it work for adults at the same time. Now in a good way I can say the same thing about the sequel "Rio 2" as again I am sure young children will enjoy it but for grown ups it is lacking. But that does mean that truthfully "Rio 2" failed to really capture my attention and after a while I began to wonder when it would be over.
Now to be honest I wasn't overly fussed with the story in "Rio 2", yes there is some adventure and with adventure of course comes danger but it seems to draw things out whilst pushing the a theme of finding out where you came from with Blu learning about his wild heritage. It actually feels a little too drawn out with the cleverness you usually find in animations replaced with sudden bursts of noise, I almost wonder if they were added to wake you up and get you to pay attention again. But being noisy as well as colourful suits its intended younger audience and whilst it was a negative for me it is in truth a positive.
What this all boils down to is that "Rio 2" isn't a bad animation but it is again one for the young audience it was made for but lacking in anything for grown ups who find themselves watching it.