Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and famed designer Javier Mariscal create an epic animated love story that occurs around the time of the Cuban Revolution.
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For a movie that's called Chico & Rita, it sure has a lot of Chico, and it sure has a lot of Rita (by themselves) and not enough Chico AND Rita. The story is okay - it feels incomplete and that ending is not very good. The animation is interesting, but odd at times. I think the biggest pluses are the music and the mood, but overall it falls short.
CHICO & RITA toca o coração com a mesma vontade e doçura que CASABLANCA fez em sua época. Os sentidos do expectador disparam e é difícil saber onde está o nó no peito, de onde vêm tantas lágrimas felizes. Um grande filme. Boa música. E, sobretudo, uma historia que alimenta a alma dos românticos incuráveis.
In keeping the visual quality of a graphic novel (and therefore being not too real in showing the figures and their movements) the movie creates a very special atmosphere and the love story doesn’t appear as sentimental as in a conventional movie. There are also some very original moments, always connected with the use of jazz, e.g. the car chasing sequence or the dream sequence during the journey to New York.
A tune on the radio triggers an old man's memories of a lost love in this charming, Oscar nominated animated feature about a love affair that spans decades. Surprisingly grown up animated fare, but I have a feeling that if this weren't animated it wouldn't be receiving the same amount of praise, as the story itself is pretty standard fare. Great Cuban flavor and lovely animation, however.
I enjoyed the setting, music and generally the mood most. I appreciate the art direction, especially backgrounds are amazingly detailed, character animations lacked though in my opinion. The weakest part is the story, especially considering the very original and interesting time setting, ending is weak and very unlikely to happen. It's worth watching for the art style and music at least.