Having loved the original Rio (and having watched it about 107 times), we were pretty keen to check out Rio 2. Sadly we didn't manage to see it in theatres, so our Blu-Ray viewing was our first time. Friday night Boo and I invited over one of his friends and the three of us settled in with our popcorn for the show.
Rio 2 sees Blu, Jewel and their kids heading deep into the Amazon when they learn that Tulio and Linda have discovered a colony of Blue Macaws. Our friends are no longer the only ones! But the city bird Blu has a hard time fitting in, and things are complicated by the presence of a cool old boyfriend - and Blu's father-in-law!!
I have to admit I did not enjoy this film as much as the first. It was very slow to start and I found it difficult to get into the story. The plot picked up about half-way through, but I was pretty disengaged by then. Also, I was not a fan of the musical aspect. The core music was great and catchy, but a number of characters had their musical moments, which fell flat for me.
On the other hand, Boo and his friend (both 8) enjoyed the film, and that's really the important thing.
The extras on the disc include a really fun feature on the Barbatuques, a Brazilian group who make music with their bodies, as well as other artists who create the core music for the film. Boo danced around and followed the lessons on how to use his own body as a musical instrument. He even brought his practice drum downstairs to play along with the percussionists.
Every Blu-Ray also comes with 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio™ and Music Machine Sing-Along and Dance-Along songs for a whole family party. There's about an hour and half of extras in all.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the Blu-Ray to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.