Just because I feel bad for missing the Press Preview last April 5th hosted by 20th Century Fox Philippines in Makati, I took my little one to see Rio 2 right on its first screening day at a nearby Robinson’s Movie World Cinema.
Since last Wednesday was a holiday, I was already expecting many family moviegoers to see the movie. Truth to be told, I had it confirmed because I had to fall in line at the ticket booth to get our pass that I don’t usually do when N and I have our movie dates.
Rio 2 is a very light, funny, and colorful movie that the entire family can enjoy watching. I don’t think you need to see its first movie, Rio, to understand its story line because its makers executed it in such a way that it can stand alone. However, if you want a much better appreciation as to what this movie really is all about, I suggest spending a couple of hours watching its prequel before hitting the movie house.
Blu, his wife Jewel and their 3 children leave their comfortable city life for the rainforest of Amazon to look for any possible surviving blue bird “tribemates“. Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful and villainous Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all…his father-in-law.
When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture to the Amazon. Blu tells his buddies of his travel plans, but Nico, Pedro and Luiz warn him of the myriad dangers that could lie ahead in the wild. But the ever-positive Rafael encourages Blu, reminding him that “a happy wife means a happy life!”
Nigel and Gabi: Must See Duo in “Rio 2”
I also enjoyed Nigel and Gabi’s longer stint in this movie and their constant singing duets.
Meanwhile, the treacherous cockatoo Nigel plots his revenge on Blu, aided by Gabi (Kristin Chenoweth), a cute poisonous frog who is fiercely loyal to Nigel and though small in stature, possesses a huge villainous heart.
While Blu deals with rigors of jungle life, a disapproving father-in-law, and a potential rival for Jewel’s affections, yet another threat looms. Nigel, who suffered the most undignified of indignities at the end of “Rio,” is back. He’s followed Blu and Jewel to the Amazon, and now he’s hungry for payback. For Nigel, revenge is a dish best served cold…and with lots of blue feathers.
Gabi, a poisonous pink female frog voiced by Kristin Chenoweth
In “Rio,” Nigel was defeated by what he calls “the pretty birds,” including Blu, with the wily cockatoo losing his feathers in the process. Now he flies like a chicken and works as fortune-teller’s assistant at a third-rate street fair. Nigel is at the lowest point in his life, and he’s not happy about it. So when he sees the blue birds that have caused him so much misery, he seeks vengeance. “He’s had some bad luck, professionally,” says Jemaine Clement, who returns as Nigel.
As he did in “Rio,” Clement focused on the character’s less unsavory qualities. “Nigel’s predominant passions are Shakespeare, alliteration, revenge, and attention,” he notes. “He is still evil but Nigel really wants to return to acting. Sometimes that can affect his focus on evil-doing.”
Nigel’s dreams of show business glory take flight in a particularly telling moment. As he prepares to deal with Blu once and for all, Nigel instead ends up taking center stage, in disguise, at the auditions overseen by Nico, Pedro and Rafael. Nigel comes up with an act, on the fly, which sparks his inner artist. His rendition of the Gloria Gaynor standard “I Will Survive” (with special parody lyrics by Clement and co-screenwriter Yoni Brenner) is a big hit. In fact, Nigel is told he’s made the cut for the musical extravaganza!
Here’s the full video of “I Will Survive.” I don’t remember having this shown in full at the movie itself.
Joining the cast is Jewel’s childhood friend and perhaps a secret-lover Roberto, voiced by Grammy award-winning Filipino-American musician, Bruno Mars.
Grammy-award winning Fil-Am singer Bruno Mars as Roberto in Rio 2
Since Blu is facing challenges fitting in, while Jewel is utmost happy having found her father and the kids enjoying the wild, their family is threatened to fall apart. Will they stay in the Amazon to live free like birds? Watch Rio 2 today to find out!
In general it was a pleasant movie that you can enjoy with your children this weekend. I didn’t catch or notice violent scenes that might warrant an adult intervention while watching. I was just a little surprised when the human villain was swallowed whole by an Amazonian Anaconda. My daughter hasn’t been asking about it yet, so in case your children ask, better prepare your spiel.
There are also a few Rio 2 promotions from Tang Philippines, toys from Jollibee Kids Meal and merchandise sold at Toy Kingdom, you might want to check them out to satisfy your Rio 2 “flyover.”
“Rio 2” in 3D and 2D will open nationwide in theaters on April 9 from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.