Review: Jungles of South America come alive in ‘Rio’

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 12:20 PM IST

Spicezee Bureau

When you put an urbane guy and a wild jungle lady in the same frame, it is bound to be a hilarious ride. Now replace the humans with two blue macaw and you have an extremely interesting joyride of a film called ‘Rio’.

The story is about Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), who is a rare blue macaw and lives a happy life as a pampered pet of his owner Linda (Leslie Mann) in Minnesota. Blu gets ruffled when he learns about the existence of a fellow female macaw, Jewel (Anne Hathaway) in the jungles of Rio de Janiero whose life is in danger. The desire to save the endangered species forces Blu to fly out of his comfortable surroundings in search of Jewel in chaotic Rio. Being the pampered city brat, Blu learns to cope in the wilderness with the adventurous and wild Jewel.

What follows is a heart warming story of survival, fun and adventure in the wild jungles of Rio where the two birds find love and friendship. The characters come alive because of the brilliant voiceovers by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. Other characters in the movie like the villainous Nigel, the friendly pelican, the bull dog and Blu`s benevolent owner, Linda make the story extremely enjoyable.

A special mention about the brilliant animation, they never fail to impress. From the bustling streets of Rio to thick jungles of South Africa, all come alive on the screen. The screenplay is extremely witty and leaves the viewer entertained throughout.

Watch this film for fun, for its madness, for its quirks and for Blu and Rio.

Ratings: Three cheers for this one!