“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved” Helen Keller (1880 – 1968), US Blind & Deaf Educator.
One of the powers of a movie lies on how well the author builds the characters. Without them, the story will never go. Rio is one of the movies which has various characters both animals and humans. Those various characters build a story of a stolen bird located in Rio de Janeiro. But in general, there are three main personality types in Rio: coward, daredevil, and cunning.
First, coward is the most appropriate personality type to represent several characters in Rio. Blu, the main character which is a male bird, is always scared of everything outside Linda’s home. The exact proof is he called Linda for several times to ask help when he was caged in Tuilo’s cage. You can see how coward he is at the minute of 16:26 in this film. Another evidence is when he was afraid that Nico and Pedro would broke his cage when he arrived first at Rio de Janeiro (at the minute of 14:35). Blu loves staying peacefully inside there so he was afraid they would broke it. The other coward characters are Nico and Pedro. It is proved when they tended to run away instead of helping Jewel which was caught by Nigel (on the minute of 01:10:38). They were afraid to attack Nigel and too coward.
Jewel, the female bird, shows the second type in this film that is daredevil. She attacked Blu bravely at first because she thought he was strange (at the minute of 17:18). Her courage was also shown when she kept trying hard to escape from Tulio’s cage and from the criminals. It was showed at the minute of 18:13 and 25:17. Such daredevil bird like Jewel is one of the great protagonists in movies.
The third type is antagonist one that is cunning. It is the characteristic of Nigel, the criminal boss’ bird. He pretended to be sick and then attacked Sylvio, Tulio’s guidance, to help his boss to steal Blu and Jewel (at the minute of 20:17). Another evidence was when he asked the monkeys to find Jewel and Blu by threatening them. You can see Nigel’s act at the minute of 45:28. The criminal’s boss is also the character who represents this type. He asked Fernando, an orphan child, to steal Blu and Jewel. He promised to pay him big amount of money but finally he just pay a half (at the minute of 24:58). He also took the parachute to save himself when the plane was broken and left his maids. It is showed in the last part of this film, exactly at the minute of 01:23:34. The last ones are the monkeys which also represent cunning characters. They seemed to entertain the tourists but actually they stole their watch, cell phone, etc (on the minute of 43:57).
In short, those three personality types, the coward, daredevil, and cunning, represent several characters in Rio film. Whatever the type of characters is in a film, they still be one of the powers of a movie.
Rahmawati, H. (2011). The Power of Character (Rio Film).