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Plot: Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment. Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 19 Nov 2010
Masterful Sexy and Sentimental Afro-Cuban Musical Tale (by martys-7)
Here is a great animated film for adults, particularly for those who enjoy or are intrigued by Afro-Cuban music that after being extremely popular in the 1940s and 1950s faded once the Cuban revolution established a Marxism regime.Inspired by stories of exile and the music left behind, this is an epic tale of star-crossed lovers, a singer and a pianist/songwriter, whose tempestuous relationship takes from Havana to NYC, from Europe to Vegas, from the 1950s to the 2000s, the film is meticulous in its recreation of streets, bars, apartments, hotels, cars, music halls, clubs, populated by its <more>
colorful characters. These lovers, friends, managers, and musicians are all too human flirting, smoking, dreaming, making love, getting drunk, having jealous fights, manipulating, betraying, trying for stardom, realizing their emptiness, or living in somber poverty. There is racism, sex, prostitution, murder, love, heartbreak, regret, and hope, along with piano jazz, big band numbers, small jazz groups, and Hollywood numbers.All these scenes are presented in fluid, graphic, colorful detail, brilliantly animated, with an eye and hear for period, place, and character. A daytime scene in old Havana is full of color, the streets have people, buses, and advertisement everywhere. There is a blackout and neighbor voices are heard. A nightclub scene at midnight is deprived of colors other than blue hues. Rita's eyes blue eyes in the dark turn brown. This attention to detail make this animated feature true to life making the characters and their stories believable and real, unlike the silly cartoonish CGI of the Toy Story series and the contemporary deluge of animated crap polluting the screens.Then there is the soundtrack: Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Woody Herman, among others along with the Afro Cuban piano of Bebo Valdes, etc. It should delight jazz and Afro Cuban music lovers and may convert those who are not familiar with this sensual music.This is a first rate animated film for adults, unique even when compared to other realistic, adult-oriented animated films. It doesn't have the animal cuteness of "My Dog Tulip" and while being more akin to Jacques Tati's "The Illusionist," in presenting the stark reality of earning a living as a performing artist, it doesn't take a magical childlike view approach to the story. Chico and Rita is an erotic, musical, historical, emotional tale, unflinchingly real. Take their sentimental journey and you will be richly rewarded.
in animation, as in live action, what's important is a good plot, and they get that right here (by lee_eisenberg)
Often when I read about cartoons - whether shorts or features - the article or review will emphasize the animation style as much as the cartoon's plot. On the one hand, plenty of cartoons have impressive animation. But in my opinion, a cartoon needs a good plot first and foremost. After all, if it's got a crummy story, no amount of fancy animation will save it.That's part of what's good about the Academy Award-nominated "Chico and Rita". It's got a great story in addition to the cool animation not to mention some of the greatest music ever put on screen . The <more>
title characters simply want to be able to love each other despite the obstacles. The movie shows Cuban culture in all its glory. I should note that although it's a cartoon, it's not one for the tykes; there are some intense scenes here. But for everyone else, it'll be a great pleasure. I recommend it 100%.
Listening Buena Vista Social Club, Live at Carnegie Hall, I have a sense of satisfaction that possibly come from my father's company in the evening early, as he sat in the room, put his bolero records on the phonograph and smoked front of the machine, quiet and quietly. Cuban music has always been among his musical tastes and I therefore also aroused passion. The film Chico y Rita, Tono Missing, Javier Maristal and Fernando Trueba, can touch this experience of passion, colors, swing, musicality and attraction that the Cuban culture awakens me and do not allow an impartial analysis of the <more>
film, especially because it has so many sound references that make up my training and musical interest. Chico Y Rita is an animation that could possibly be a film in live-action. It is the threshold of the film with real and animation actors, because he can talk to the reference of reality produced in animation, avoiding the use of larger costumes in the execution of movements without falling into sentimentality to be a cold copy of reality - the use of subtle and comfortable camera movements used throughout the film explore the beautiful panoramic and subjectives of the characters, making intense plans as when Chico and Rita go to bed. The animation is the romance between Chico, a pianist, and singer Rita, in the beautiful and attractive Havana of the 1940s The film revolves around separations and encounters the characters dive between artificial betrayals and music, doing stand the story going through the same physical distance, at times, keeps them apart. As well as animation Waltz with Bashir and The Magic, Chico Y Rita is an animation for adults and demystifies the notion of animation as a children's product. It can verify that the product animation for adults has become a trend in the market and film festivals such as Annecy and the Oscars. These types of productions dealing with reality, often in raw decay of man, and the use of animation force to further bring the public to the situations and conflicts embedded in the stories. The work Mariscal art direction in Chico y Rita is flawless and elegant, creating meetings before consecrated - Hollywood movie and Latin jazz - through minute documentary studies of Cuban culture of the 1940s, in graphics and colors, developing human characters and deep in scenarios, use of lighting and subjective points of view, in black and white, could possibly result in a noir film - except his account not be primarily associated with a thriller. The film explores his main character in all its sensuality elements - her yellow dress, her hair often fallen in the eyes and his sexy and naive dance - making the eyes take advantage spectators without vulgarity, the characteristic features of Latin woman - is noteworthy the film is not a North American production and remains on view of the Latin countries. Interestingly, the role of women in Rita that if at times shown fragile waiting for the man of her life, shows that the character is a woman able to conduct their own destiny, to understand their own desires and even being a woman in 1940, live with great intensity and independence to carry out a talented woman who flirts with you and your life. According to Paul Whitington, the Independe.ie, "Mariscal has created the sexiest animated woman since Jessica Rabbit."
Chico & Rita is a sublime and highly original animated film. It is a very adult film with some animated adult situations. Set in Cuba just before and the years after the revolution, it tells the story of Chico, a talented jazz pianist and Rita, a beautiful singer. Through the story of this couple's turbulent love affair over these years, where Rita finds fame and fortune in US and Chico goes through some hard times, we also get a brief history of both Cuba and jazz music. The animation is wonderfully evocative and colorful and as for the music; well if you are a fan of jazz or Latin <more>
American music you are going to fall in love with this movie. Highly recommended.
Chico & Rita follows Chico, an old and retired Cuban pianist, as he remembers his impossible love with a jazz singer called Rita and his rise and fall as a music performer. Having taken four years to make, Chico & Rita is first and foremost visually mind-blowing. Its animation is as nothing you have seen before and the cinematography, the lights, the angles, the music, just everything related to the technical aspect of this film is absolutely perfect.But what's best and most refreshing about this film is its old-fashioned love story. In a time where all romantic films try to be as <more>
realistic as possible, it seems unthinkable to watch a relationship like this unfold on screen. Following a bolero-like structure, the main characters fall in love as easily as they fall apart, but they never forget each other, having an outdated loyalty that is deserving of such all-time classics as Casablanca or Gone With The Wind, and ending in the brilliant and moving bittersweet final scene.Jazz music plays a main role in the film and gets to be the third character in what we could call a love triangle between the jazz, Chico and Rita. The two title characters are extremely talented musicians that are sometimes in the position of having to choose between their lover or their musical success and fame. Real jazz performers, such as Charlie Parker or Tito Puente get enjoyable cameos in the film and, practically, all the performances in the film are very delightful and entertaining.Although the film has some minor elements that prevents it from being a masterpiece, like the appearance near the end of Estrella Morente, they are so insignificant compared to the whole of the film that Chico & Rita is still an exceptional film appealing to an extremely large audience.Chico & Rita is an animated old-fashioned musical romance with a highly original aesthetic, a both refreshing and outdated love story and sublime original and adapted music.Rating: 4.5/5.
a beautifully told story that resonates long after the last sweet note has faded. (by viro-indovina)
As Brad Bird of Pixar fame has said, animation is not a genre, but an art form. Chico & Rita is an artfully made romantic drama that captures the hearts and imaginations of its audience through its storytelling as much as its animation. By turns reflective and reactive, this is a cosmopolitan saga of two lovers' struggle to find themselves and each other. The key notes of jealousy, passion and ambition set the story in a minor key, while the action moves with the syncopated beats of a mambo. The dialog is sharp and smart. Adults will appreciate the nuances of this excellent script. <more>
Love hurts, and the movie's main characters creatively express their bittersweet experiences with the virtuosity and greatness of the stars that they orbit and shine alongside. More of a character than a soundtrack, the music is evenly folded into the movie, as is the tension between the lovers. I wonder if people who go to see Chico & Rita only for the animation might possibly be disappointed, since it is less squash and stretch and more gouache and sketch. But the animation does convey the moods and emotions of the characters whilst taking us on a thrilling ride through dizzying cinematic vistas. The colours and lighting are somewhat stepped, but have an illustrative verisimilitude, that provides a convincing variety of bold panoramas and atmospheric interiors. Still, if you didn't like Waking Life or Belleville Rendezvous merely because of the flickering and the occasional detached 3D elements, then you may find watching this movie similarly distracting. I think that the story is compelling enough and the musical and visual elements such a treat that anyone willing to look beyond the animation is rewarded with the best that cinema can offer.
A moving story of the troubled love affair between a man and a woman and between two countries (by clivy)
Like the earlier reviewer, once I saw on the DVD box that "Chico and Rita" featured the music of Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Theolonius Monk and Charlie Parker- in addition to the Cuban music!- I knew I had to see the film. I wasn't disappointed.My father was a big band pianist and I grew up in Miami. From an early age I gained an appreciation of jazz and swing from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and a keen awareness of Cuban culture. I used to listen to the local Spanish language radio stations and I have a deep fondness for Cuban music. Chico and Rita dazzled me from its start <more>
with its rich portrayal of life in Havana in the days when Cuba was a popular travel destination for Americans. I loved the homage to the famous Tropicana nightclub. The film doesn't shy away from showing how life in the glamorous capital was for its citizens like Chico and his friend Ramon, young black men who lack money but are talented and ambitious. From its start it reveals frankly how they are barred from entering nightclubs and hotels not just because they are poor but also because the establishments are for whites only. The beautiful Rita can gain entrance, only because she has to work as an escort for rich Yankee tourists. The movie is a tribute to the Latin American musicians and singers who became a major influence on American music and popular culture. As Chico and Ramon search for success in New York clubs and Rita becomes a Broadway and Hollywood sensation real life stars Chano Pozo and Tito Puente make appearances. I very much appreciated the nod to Nat King Cole' s making Spanish language songs hits worldwide; it was great to discover in the documentary included in the DVD that Nat King Cole's brother Freddie honored his brother's memory by adapting his style in his vocals for the film.The animation is sensational: the portrayals of the Havana seafront and the New York skyline are breathtaking. I was tickled by the newly arrived Chico and Ramon's struggles to adjust to the unfamiliar snowscapes around them and the ice under their feet: they made me remember how I was shocked by my first winter after a lifetime in a tropical climate. The animation isn't afraid either to be frank and adult: a fight between Rita and Chico's old girlfriend doesn't show them pulling their punches.One of the movie's highlights is a fantastic dream sequence that salutes the musicals of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Chico and Rita's love story reveals also their troubled love affair with the music that inspires them and the country that fires their ambitions. Success gives them Cadillacs, their names on marquees, and large apartments in skyscrapers, but it also brings danger and pain: Chano dies in the midst of a violent argument about money and drugs, after telling Chico and Ramon that he can't travel to the South of the United States because the racists there are viler than the ones in Cuba. Rita's stardom is hollow as she can't stay in the Las Vegas hotel that she is headlining. Her candor about the prejudice she faces kills her career.Ultimately Chico suffers rejection from both countries he loves. He is deported from the US after being framed for drug possession; the new Cuba leaves him without a profession after it bans jazz as imperialist. The saddest moment in the movie is when the elderly Chico approaches a piano and reflects that he hasn't touched one in years.The ruined buildings and blackouts in present day Havana are shown unflinchingly, and I was warmed by how Chico's recognition by an international singer pays tribute to Cubans who have lived for decades in isolation, often under oppression. However, I found Rita's fate unconvincing and overly sentimental. I'm moved by the thought that Chico and Rita were separated by the US taking its leave of Cuba, and cutting all relations with it. But I couldn't believe that Rita would spend 47 years in the same motel waiting for Chico to knock on her door.
As far as animation goes I can take or leave the entries that have appeared over the last few years but once I read that the soundtrack of Chico and Rita featured the likes of Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Theolonius Monk and Charly Parker I decided to check it out. It didn't disappoint; in addition to an outstanding soundtrack the animation itself was of an earlier age which complemented the time-frame late forties, early fifties . There was even a 'well-made' screenplay thrown in for good measure, one that featured a beginning, a middle and an end. Okay, it was hackneyed to <more>
say the least - muso meets thrush, muso gets thrush, muso loses thrush - but still managed to hold the attention.
Really likable, little, animated film. (by Boba_Fett1138)
This is a movie done not by any big animation studios but it's a British and Spanish animated co-production instead. This means that the movie already has an unique style of its own, that works out as something fresh and quite charming.What I foremost liked about this movie that it got buildup and approached like an actual movie. The camera handling, the way the animated characters 'act', really, this movie might just as well had been a life action movie and things would had been exactly the same.Except for its look of course. The movie has a real pleasant and bright look over it. <more>
Its for most part set on Cuba and you really feel its special atmosphere, while watching this movie. Besides, the animation might not look photo-realistic, the backgrounds are still often really great looking and so is the way all of the characters move and show expressions. It really is a truly great movie from an animation perspective.But also story-wise this is a great, sweet little movie. It's a romantic one, that involves a love story between 2 musicians, the one a singer the other a piano player. You can tell they fit well together and also should be together but due to many different circumstances they often loose track of each other and end up living their own lives and have their own musical careers, while still running into each other, every now and then. It all is being supported by some fine jazz music and if you are a jazz lover, this movie is already an absolute must-see for you! And no, I myself am not even a jazz lover but I could still really appreciate the music in this movie and what it did for its story and overall atmosphere.It's also most definitely a movie for adults only. And not just because the movie features some nudity and a pretty graphic sex scene in it but also simply because of its story and the way its getting told. Like I said, it's just being like a life action movie with its approach, so don't simply let the fact that its animated scare you off. This just simply is a great movie, that deserves to be seen by more.This in short is a surprisingly good animated movie, with a sweet little story in at and a great overall style and atmosphere to it!8/10 http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/