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Review: Rio 2, or Why I Hate Sequels

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As far as computer animation studios go, Blue Sky is probably at the back of the pack, trailing behind industry leaders Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. However, Blue Sky also seems to be making the same mistake as the other studios by attempting to capitalise on the one thing that Hollywood should avoid like the plague – sequels.

Although the babies are kind of cute.

I don't know why I watched this, as I wanted to watch Son of God and see what all the fuss was about regarding "Sexy Jesus". But I ended up watching this, anyway. I don't really know why. I hated the first film, and I sure as hell can't see no point in creating a sequel for this.

Um... yeah, okay.

In the first film, Blu and Jewel are the only two remaining Spix's macaws in the world. In this film, they have a family now. But then they meet other Spix's macaws in the jungle – a whole flock of them – who turn out to be Jewel's family. Now why the hell would the filmmakers change the canon? For the sake of a sequel? Or just so they could force Bruno Mars and his stupid bird hairstyle in there?

See? Stupid hairstyle.

Sequels are a great opportunity to introduce new characters to a franchise. That's the upside. The downside is they will retain old characters, even if they are no longer relevant to the story. Like the dog Luiz, for example. Yes, the slobbering mutt was cute in the first film. But his character is actually no longer relevant to the story. So why is he still here? My guess is that it has something to do with the marketing tie-ins. Children probably love Luiz toys.

But this frog would probably make a really cute toy.

So it's really a great thing that I didn't get to watch this in 3D. That would've been a waste of money right there.

Rio 2. USA. 2014.

Original rating: 5 out of 10
Not using the film to hype the World Cup: - 0.1
Forcing this as a musical: - 0.1
Final rating: 4.8 / 10

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