It is said that sometimes two people simply need each other. This sometimes refers to love, but it can also refer to the fact that two people sometimes need each other to keep themselves balanced. In “Chico & Rita,” Chico is the best piano player in Cuba, a man whose compositions are so complicated only a truly great singer can compliment him. Rita is that great singer whose voice matches with his compositions perfectly. Together they create great music. Apart, they have a tendency to self-destruct, both on stage and off. A large part of this is most likely because they do love each other, but they are also human to a fault.
Chico in particular is a bit of a womanizer, and though he keeps coming back to Rita it is difficult for him to stay faithful. Rita of course has every reason not to put up with this, but left to her own devices she surrounds herself with businessmen who constantly use her for their own selfish gains. Throughout the years it’s clear that they are much better together than they are apart. If they can both get housetrained they may have a great future together. “Chico & Rita” is a rarity in film these days; an animated movie that is geared towards adults but in a serious, mature way.
You won’t find any fart jokes or pop culture references here. Instead you’ll find a mature story of two star crossed lovers who get in the way of their own happiness. The movie has unique animation that reminds me of a European children’s book. The soundtrack contains many Latin and Jazz compositions that add a unique flavor to the film that is all its own. Why, there’s even some sex and love in this movie that is actually sexy. When Rita dances to music and shows off her moves in her dress, we can’t help but notice what a sexy woman she is. At moments like these we even understand why Chico, a man who has no trouble getting a date, could easily be taken with her.
Rita is as feisty as she is sexy, but she’s not dumb. She makes it known that while she loves Chico, she won’t put up with his womanizing habits. If he wants her he’ll to make some major changes in his life. Chico may be willing to make those changes, but he’s also his own worst enemy at times. “Chico & Rita” is probably something that could have been made in live action and few would have noticed the difference, but the vivid colors and free spirited movements give it a look and style that can’t be replicated in live action. Combine it with a compelling story and great soundtrack, and “Chico & Rita” makes for very classy entertainment. Whenever the characters aren’t doing things to bring themselves down, that is.