Blithe Spirit (2020)

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How to be single (2016)

What starts of as a typical ‘why to be single’ movie, quickly turns in to ‘how to be’. Different youngsters want to be single or attached for various reasons, highlighting the dilemma of both in the modern world.

A light breezy film, it could have packed more laughs but it had enough to get us through. Not overly reliant on sex or cliché feminism it had a balanced yet mostly bland view of relationships. Dakota Johnson plays her vulnerable card well and Rebel Wilson is dependable with the erratic laughs.

Predictable yet funny, it ended on a surprisingly unconventional note which did justice to the story.

2/5

Rio 2 (2014)

We are back in the world of Blu, Jewel, Linda and the gang, where they travel from Rio to the Amazon. While the earlier story was told from a singular point of view, this one was about the entire species and of course, the in-laws (always a funny subject!).

The ‘other’ love story that happens on the side is highly unlikely and perhaps provides more entertainment than the domesticated Gunderson family. Andy Garcia as the father-in-law, Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi, Bruno Mars as Roberto and Philip Lawrence as Felipe add more to the already talented cast.

It has more colour, resonance to current issues, family values, the whole animated experience.

Watch if you are a ‘Rio’ fan.

3/5