Rio 2

My rating: ratings2

In Rio 2, Blu and his family travel to the Amazon after hearing that a bird of their species was discovered and that there might be a whole flock of then out there. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, who wants to terminate Blu after the events of the first film, with the help of a “poisonous” frog named Gabi. Blu also must save the jungle from an anti-nature team, which has captured Linda and Tulio and is trying to destroy the jungle.

This movie lacks everything the first film had, including beautiful scenery of Rio, this time of jungles, which isn’t anything new. There are too many songs compared to the first one, and none of them are as catchy as the ones from the first film. I noticed many changes from the first film. First of all, my two favorite characters from the first film, Nico and Pedro, don’t really serve as characters in this installment. This time they’re more like annoying commentators. I also noticed a big change in Nigel, who is now acting like a wanna-be Shakespeare, always reciting quotes from Romeo and Juliet and what not. Also, this movie didn’t try to connect to the first one at all. It falls way off track from the first one. The first movie is all about saving birds and letting them be free, but the second one is all about protecting the environment, which isn’t something we haven’t seen before. Also, this movie tried but failed to make me laugh, except for maybe once. I think the only people who will be amused by this movie would be young kids.

Here’s my conclusion: Rio is an inspiring, original movie with great animation and a lot of humor. But Rio 2, on the other hand, is a complete rip-off. It lacks humor, originality, and connection to the first movie. I think all Blue Sky Studios was trying to do this time was amuse kids. If you’re not a young kid, though, this movie has nothing for you.

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The 2014 MTV Movie Awards

This Sunday was the MTV Movie Awards, which were hosted by Conan O’Brien this time and included performances by Eminem and Rihanna, as well as Ellie Goulding and Zedd. At the beginning, a new record of 50 celebrities made cameos randomly, including Andy Samberg, Seth Rogen, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Ashton Kutcher, Shaun White, Skrillex, Lupita Nyong’o, Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Martin Scorsese, Ellen Page, Jim Parsons, James Franco, Adam Sandler, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ice Cube, Chris Pratt, Jessica Alba, Paul Rudd, Charles Barkley, Grumpy Cat, and Conan O’Brien himself. There were many great events and award categories, as well as Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car accident in November, being paid tribute to. Mark Wahlberg (who is currently my favorite actor) accepted the MTV Generation Award, and Channing Tatum accepted the Trailblazer Award.

Here is the list of winners:

Best Movie: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron in That Awkward Moment

Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lily vs. The Orcs (in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)

Best Kiss: Will Poulter, Emma Roberts, and Jennifer Aniston (in We’re the Millers)

Best Villain: Mila Kunis in Oz the Great and Powerful

Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street

Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Favorite Character: Tris Prior (played by Shailene Woodley) from Divergent

Best Cameo: Rihanna in This is the End

Best Hero: Henry Cavill in Man of Steel

Best Scared as S**t  Performance: Brad Pitt in World War Z

Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in Fast and Furious 6

Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter in We’re the Millers

#WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, and Craig Robinson in This is the End

Overall, I enjoyed this year’s MTV Movie Awards. It had a great host and great performance. I am really looking forward to the next one.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

My rating: ratings3

Captain America is back in this 3-D, action-packed sequel! This time, the super-soldier must face an enemy from the past, which has now taken over S.H.I.E.L.D,  and team up with Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson (AKA The Falcon) to defeat it. The film’s cast includes Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Just like any other Marvel movie, the film’s action is very exciting and fun. It didn’t have as much humor as I expected, which other Marvel movies, but I was still amused by the action. The film has great visuals and casting, but it’s a bit too predictable. For example, the moment I saw a specific character, I already had the feeling that he would eventually turn out to be a major antagonist. Overall, the film’s plot and action is much better than the original, but some things in the film are very predictable. What the first one was missing was lots of well-made intense actio, which this one did have more of.

I would recommend this movie for any Marvel fans 12 and up, who might find it pretty amusing like I did.

Click here to see the film’s trailer.