Review by Lauryn Angel
Sing features the vocal talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johanssen, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton – the list goes on – in a riff on talent shows like American Idol. Here, though, the contestants are all animals. While the film has some good messages and some great musical numbers, it’s not necessarily fun for children under five.
Theater owner Buster Moon (McConaughey) is on the verge of closing his theater for good. His best friend Eddie’s (Reilly) family won’t fund another show, and the bank is breathing down his neck. Desperate to bring crowds to his theater, Buster advertises a talent show with a cash prize. And the public flocks to the auditions. Rosita (Witherspoon) is a housewife who loves her husband and (many, many) children, but dreams of being on stage. Mike (MacFarlane) is a street performer with grander ambitions. Ash (Johanssen) is a punk rock princess who is constantly overshadowed by her boyfriend. Johnny (Egerton) feels pressure to join the family business, but all he wants to do is sing. Meena (Tori Kelly) has an amazing talent, but her performance anxiety threatens to keep her forever behind the scenes. As you might expect, mishaps and hijinks ensue, and there’s a lot of chaos before the final show, but it’s entertaining chaos, and the musical numbers in the finale are toe-tappingly good.
That being said, despite its being animated, this is not a film for younger film-goers. The toddler sitting behind me enjoyed the final twenty minutes of singing and dancing, but this was only after repeatedly asking to be taken home. Another youngster in the theater was more amused by running up and down the aisle than by what was on the screen. The older children in the theater seemed to be enjoying the movie, though.
Sing is entertaining enough, but it doesn’t compare to Illumination Studios’ Despicable Me movies, either. But it’s fine for what it is. When you need a break from Moana madness, Sing is a good choice.