Movie Review: Rio 2 | One of Us

Movie Review: Rio 2

7 Submitted by on Thu, 10 April 2014, 12:58

Don’t say we never do anything for you. Chris and Beau actually roused themselves early on a Saturday morning (!) to go see the latest factory product ground out by Blue Sky Studios, a sequel to 2011’s hit film (sigh), Rio. When you make almost 500 million, you’ve pretty much GOT to make another film these days I suppose, and the better part of the whole gang from last time is along for the ride again in what I can only hope is ‘contractual obligation’.

Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are back as the rare blue macaws, Blue and Jewel, who since we saw them in the previous film, have “gotten it on,” as it were, and produced three annoying offspring. Despite Blue’s protests, a trip to the Amazon rainforest gets complicated when it turns out Jewel’s whole family, who she presumed were dead, actually live there and don’t really care for the domesticated Blue all that much. Add to that evil loggers, a revenge driven cockatoo (Jemaine Clement), a host of other subplots, and you’ve got Rio 2. Such as it is.

Join Beau and Chris (with Ashley and JC along just for the hell of it) as they decode the mysteries of the rainforest. Or something. Whatever. They’re in pain and you love it so listen.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.