After seeing the trailer for Sing, I thought it was going to be a cute, just for the kiddies, singing movie. Perhaps even a cheeky dig at the world’s seemingly insatiable appetite for signing talent shows, given the involvement of Illumination Entertainment (the team who gave us Despicable Me and our beloved Minions).
I was expecting 90 minutes of talent show caricatures culminating in ‘the big final show’ that would naturally produce a Paul Potts or Susan Boyle type of cult hero.
I was a little bit right and a little bit wrong.
The movie opens with Buster (a koala with no Aussie accent but at least he is never referred to as a bear) trying to save his theatre from shutting its doors by cashing in on the current talent show phenomenon. He holds auditions that showcase the types these talent shows attract and that viewers seem to love. It’s cute and it’s funny.
When Buster selects his finalists, they include a sweet natured pig Rosita, who dreams of being more than just a stay at home mum to her 18 or so offspring, a super sensitive gorilla Johnny who doesn’t want to be a career criminal like his dad and Meena, the teen elephant who is a singing powerhouse if she can just overcome her shyness and painful awkwardness.
But here the movie takes a rather unexpected turn. With a parred down final contestant list, the movie starts to focus on what drives each of the characters and just how much this show will transform them all.
What follows is a sweet animated tale that will entertain our littlest movie lovers with its cute animals and songs taken straight from the charts. For many, it will simply be some light entertainment to pass the time on a hot summer afternoon.
For the rest of us, it will prove an uplifting movie that will make you smile and laugh at the antics but reflect on the movie’s deeper meanings.
RATING: 3 ½ stars
Director : Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Starring : Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Garth Jennings, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman
Running Time : 108 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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