Sing

Sing is animals, music, bright colors, a cute story, and … did I say animals? You can’t rate this one for anyone above 12 but it gets full stars for anyone below. I guess if you’re 13 or over and are still a child at heart, you’ll rate it highly too.

Sing

Sing

“A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.” -IMDB

Cast

Matthew McConaughey Buster Moon (voice)
Reese Witherspoon Rosita (voice)
Seth MacFarlane Mike (voice)
Scarlett Johansson Ash (voice)

Directed by

Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet

Written by

Garth Jennings

Other Info

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Music
PG
Wed 21 Dec 2016 UTC
108min
IMDB Rating: 7.3

“The Koala takes the cheese … Hi hoe the merry-O …” Anyway, the Koala is the ringleader of this movie. He is starting a variety show with all the unknown talent in the city. His mother once performed in a local theater that she owned but now he is trying to do it on his own to impress her.

Koalas are cute in the wild but I wouldn’t have picked this one to be the centerpiece of this movie. The other animated creatures are much more pleasing to the eye than he is. Still, he does a good job putting everything together in his quest to make everything work.

Unfortunately, I feel this is another “bait and switch” ad campaign. We have been seeing the ads for this film mysteriously simply titled Sing. We saw the pig swooning and dancing with maracas in the grocery story for months. The fact of the matter is, most of the whopping 65 musical routines are very short and they don’t ring many bells. I say that as compared to the stellar Trolls that came out this year where the song number is less but the music is more well-known. I think hiring Justin Timberlake to direct the music on that one paid off.

As I was arguing some of my criticism to my 11-year-old daughter, she reminded me, “It’s a kid’s movie Dad.” I will leave that magnanimous wisdom with you. Does it matter the story is thin and the characters underdeveloped? I say no and the sound of kids laughing and clapping at the closing credits drove that home with me. I recommend this only after you have seen Trolls, a much better animated music based film. But after that, it’s definitely a thumbs up with me.

Author: Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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