A full page ad for RIO in last Sunday’s New York Times was headed by a massive critic’s quote about it being "The biggest and BRIGHTEST animated triumph since TOY STORY 3."
The quote attributed to Boxoffice Magazine’s Pete Hammond.
Had Mr. Hammond attended our K.C. screening of the movie last Saturday he might’ve been a bit less enthusiastic. And he may have found a different descriptive word for ‘brightest’—like DIMMEST!
RIO was screened for critics with an invited family audience at AMC STUDIO 30 in Olathe—Auditorium # 24.
To say the picture on the screen was far from being bright would be an understatement.
And that was BEFORE I put on the 3-D glasses!
Once they were on my face—Oh my God—-I’ve seen brighter images on 2nd generation, 8mm stag reels!
I point this poor presentation out for a single reason. When you’re expected to pay a 3-D up charge for a movie like RIO, you should reasonably expect big, bright visuals like we got with TOY STORY 3. Even though in my opinion RIO is not on a par with last year’s Pixar smash.
Was it AMC’s projection problem or a digital delivery flaw?
Either way there’s no excuse and I would hope YOU complain to theater management whenever experiencing as poor a presentation as I did Saturday.
So how about the movie itself?
RIO packs plenty of fun into its relatively short 96 minute running time—even though it seemed longer. Probably because the picture slows down a bit about halfway into the comedy-adventure before revitalizing itself for an all-out Carnival style ending.
This is the story of a rare, domesticated, non-flying male macaw bird named Blu in Minnesota, whose owner takes him to Brazil to find his high-flying female counterpart Jewel. To uh, further the species. What they get instead are poachers, kidnappers and bungling animal smugglers that make the animated feathers fly.
Bouncy musical score. Excellent 3-dimensional imagery. And a menagerie of top notch voice talent like Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jane Lynch and Jamie Foxx.
When properly lit RIO is a fun, G-rated family comedy-adventure for all ages – I would imagine.
Translation: Parents won’t be bored to sleep when taking the little ones to see it.
It’s RIO from the creators of the ICE AGE franchise.
Should make for a guaranteed hit at the boxoffice, and I’m raising 3-1/2 out of 5 tropical fingers.
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings on KMBZ AM FM and on RADIO BACH, Kansas City’s HD Classical Station. Also Friday afternoons with Tanna on the new 99.7-THE POINT.