I didn’t have high expectations for Rio (although I rarely have high expectations for any animated movie that isn’t Disney or Pixar) and the trailers didn’t do much to allay my suspicions, but I gave it a shot, mainly because of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg. (Don’t tell me I’m the only one who fell in love with him in The Social Network.) I’m very pleased to say that neither of them disappointed. Eisenberg was especially awesome as the neurotic macaw Blue (and did I mention that he sings?).

The animation was pretty good, especially how they captured the exotic beauty of Rio de Janeiro. But where the film really stood out is the music–the samba rhythms and awesome performances from several cast members. (I think Jemaine Clement, who plays the villainous cockatoo Nigel, could sing the phonebook and I would be entertained.)

I’m rather pleased with my polish pick this time. OPI’s Fly (from the 2012 Nicki Minaj Collection) is a pretty turquoise creme that reminds me of the azure plumage of Rio‘s protagonists, Blue and Jewel. (Is there a polish called Blue Jewel? That would be awesome.)

The formula was a little thick on this one, so I only needed two coats for full coverage, but it was still tricky to work with. Overall, gorgeous color, rough application. ~K

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