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Flick Pick of the Week: Rio 2

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.

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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!”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Glaiza is a Filipino Home & Lifestyle Blogger, Proud Mom & Military Wife. She believes that a happy and informed family life is both a choice and responsibility. Motherhood is a blessing, and best traveled by sharing and inspiring others. ♥

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Grace Nelly Milambilin-Reyes

My kiddos love this movie so much. We’re watching it for the nth time. ^_^

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Kristine DOmingo

I love rio 2 because of the voice of Robeto (Bruno Mars voice). Its a movie that you can enjoy by any child at heart hehehe…

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Avel Sabiduria

a very colorful movie…and im sure a lot of kids are so excited and have fun watching this..

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Precy Sabiduria

a very funny and wonderful movie for everyone especially for the kids…

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Cherry Ann Punzal

Perfect way to bond! Will surely watch Rio with my whole family! 🙂

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elinor semira

I’m looking forward to watch this movie with my little girl. She had seen the trailer and she is so excited to watch it. I hope we could go out and see it on her birthday on Tuesday.

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Sheryl An Mungcal

for this is nice just like the 1st,. excited to watch,.

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Lovelyn Pagulayan

Me & my son will definitely watched Rio 2 🙂

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jhanis

We are definitely watching this as my kids loved the first one! I heard it’s such a blockbuster!

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Ann Cagalingan

My Kids Love Rio,for sure they would watch it again 🙂 Thanks for Posting mommy!

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Glaiza | Moomy Musings

You’re welcome Ann! I hope you enjoy the movie with your family! Happy weekend! 🙂

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SJ Valdez (All-Around Pinay Mama)

Hi, Mommy Glaiza! My son keeps on telling me that he wants to watch this! Sige na nga, payag na ako! Thanks for sharing your insights about this movie! 🙂

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Glaiza | Moomy Musings

Hahaha! Mommy gave in! 🙂

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Nathalie | Mental Snapshots

Sorry, I didn’t read the whole post (for now) since I’m planning to watch this with my daughter this weekend and I don’t want any spoilers. 😀 I’m positive she’ll love this movie too!

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Glaiza | Moomy Musings

Sure thing! 🙂 It’s a feast for our kids’ eyes since it has lots of colors. I think your daughter will enjoy it as much as she enjoyed Brave. Have you seen Tangled as well? Noa likes that a lot too aside from Frozen.

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Nathalie | Mental Snapshots

I have seen Tangled; I watched it when I was pregnant. 🙂 But I haven’t downloaded it yet for my daughter to watch. One of these days. Oh, and we love Frozen too!

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Mary Anne Tapang

I love Rio and I would definitely watch Rio2

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Glaiza | Moomy Musings

Go and watch it this weekend, Mary Anne! 🙂 A lot of kids were with us last Wednesday. The girl beside us was laughing non-stop! 🙂

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