Even though I am a movie fanatic, my schedule and where I actually live (just on the outskirts of Manila) prevent me from watching movies very often. So it is a rare treat for me to actually watch not just one, but two movies in a week. And I’m not talking about sitting in front of my computer watching a movie: I actually watched in an actual movie house. Hurrah!
The first one was accidental. I came from a doctor’s check-up and had a few hours to kill before our Bible Study. And because I was too depressed from my doctor’s verdict (soft diet and no caffeine for two weeks), I decided to watch a movie on my own. And it was a pleasant surprise to run into two of my friends and I convinced them to watch Rio with me. And as expected, we had a magical time!
There was not much hype about Rio, apart from the Angry Birds tie-up. I wasn’t expecting a Toy Story 3-esque movie since I knew next-to-nothing about the story, voice actors, etc. But what I got was a very enjoyable romp through Brazil, samba music and the not-so-subtle-but-still-effective story about facing and conquering your fears.
Some tidbits I found enjoyable
- Rodrigo Santoro, who is one of the hottest actors around, voiced Tulio, the geeky bird scientist. Which confirms my belief that geeks are hot.
- Sergio Mendes was the musical consultant for Rio. And any movie that has Sergio Mendes in it will automatically be awesome. And if you say that you don’t like samba, I’m gonna be like “Take that back!!!”
- My hatred for the monkeys in Angry Birds Rio is justified and intensified by this movie. Monkeys are evilllll!!!
- I really really really want to have my own quaint bookshop like Linda’s Blue Macaw. And I can totally relate to Linda on so many levels.
- One of my life-long dreams is to go to Brazil in 2014 (World Cup!) and even if this was an animated film, it made me all the more excited to do so