Possible spoilers ahead!
“Sing” is one of those movies that slipped past me during the holiday season. It wasn’t that didn’t want to see this movie on the big screen, I did. But December 2016 was a very crowded movie month, and there were other movies I needed to see first.
Anyways. “Sing” is a story about koala bear theater owner Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey). He’s dreamt of going into show business ever since his dad took him to a show when he was young. Unfortunately, all of Buster’s productions have been major bombs, and now he’s in danger of losing his theater to the bank.
With nothing left to lose, Buster to decides to host a singing competition, in the hopes that it will be successful enough to save his theater. Among those competing are: Johnny (Taron Egerton), a gorilla who doesn’t want to join his father’s criminal gang; Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a pig and mother to more than two dozen piglets; Meena (Tori Kelly), an elephant with a terrific singing voice but crippling stage fright; Ash (Scarlett Johansson), a teenaged porcupine; and Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a cocky mouse who can croon like Sinatra.
But due to a printing error, the flyers for the competition announce the grand prize as $100,000, instead of the $1,000 Buster had trouble putting together. Before Buster can figure out what to do, nearly every animal in his city with dreams of superstardom is already at the theater ready to audition.
As I was watching “Sing” this weekend, I suddenly realized that this was Illumination Entertainment’s second animal movie of the year. The other one was “The Secret Life of Pets,” a movie I rather enjoyed. But it turns out I enjoyed “Sing” even more.
I guess what I liked best about this movie was how simple the story was . Buster’s tale was one of never giving up no matter what come sat you. I also liked that all the characters become friends, even though they’re competing against each other. Furthermore, there aren’t any villains in the normal sense, and that’s always refreshing.
Plus, from the very beginning, “Sing” features a bunch of popular songs, both new and old. These are well-known tuned too, and many will keep you and the kiddies entertained for hours. I know I still have some of the numbers stuck in my head.
Another good thing about this movie is that every member of the “Sing” cast gets his or her own subplot that is fully developed. But you never get bored because the film keeps things interesting by hopping around from one character plotline to another. Thanks to this, the movie doesn’t drag out or slow down at any point.
Although “sing” doesn’t break any new ground when it comes to animated films, it knows exactly the story it is trying to tell. “Sing” is a sweet, heartfelt movie that everyone can relate to in some way. The story may be simple enough, but “Sing” still had plenty of laughs for the young and old.
“Sing” final score: A