It's a beautiful, sunny spring day. What do you do? Get sunburned at berimbau class then head off to Rio with your fellow capoeiristas.
You didn't think I meant Brazil, did you?
Rio is fantastic. Funny, cute, touching and full of candy for the eyes and ears. The soundtrack was absolutely fabulous, of course it doesn't hurt that I already love the smooth samba sounds of Brazilian music. It was hard to sit still through parts of the movie, I found myself grinning ear to ear and bopping along. Visually I was rocked by the colors and cityscapes that made the entire movie so stunning. Makes sense, the story takes place during Carnival, how could it not rock your oculars?
It is chalk full of gems like this:
It wasn't until this morning that I thought about the implications of the timing of this release. Easter is already a time of year that is pretty notorious for the arrival of pocket pets into little children's baskets. It seems like such a cute idea to present the little one with an adorable fuzzy creature Easter morning but soon the luster wears off and parents everywhere are stuck with forgotten critters they don't want to take care of. Pair this with what happens when people watch cute Disney-like movies involving precocious talking animals (I'm looking at you, 101 Dalmations and the multiples of silly people who rushed out to get what is on my top 5 of worst breeds for family pets) and you can start to see the potential dangers around the corner. It's easy to get swept up in the fun and joy of a wonderful movie and think it will translate into home life but birds, parrots in particular, can be difficult animals that require an extensive amount of knowledge, time and commitment.
This season of renewal, go and enjoy this movie with your family, but please leave the feathers on the screen.