Monday, March 12, 2012

Chico & Rita

The jazzy, careering animated Oscar nominee "Chico & Rita" has a Cuban musician's soul (Bebo Valdes', to be exact) and a kaleidoscope of lush, vibrant colors to make you look past the sketchily drawn love story at its center. As the lovers sing and ivory-tickle their way from Havana to Nueva York to Paris to Vegas, you do best to lie back in your chair and luxuriate in the neon lights and the street lamp-lit stairwells, the stylings of Gillespie and Puente and Chano Pozo. The movie won't touch your heart, but it's a feast for your eyes and ears.

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