I’m starting a new feature on the blog called, you guessed it! “In case you haven’t seen it…”. This feature will be the review of a movie that’s been in the theaters for a while, just came out in blue-ray or is an old classic worth seeing.
I’ll be reviewing at least one movie monthly, BUT I will be happy to post a tasteful review that is submitted to me whether I agree with it or not. Submit anytime by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. and now the review (SPOILERS!).
Sing – Illumination Entertainment, Animated Feature. Starring Mathew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane. Directed by Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings. 1 hr 48 min.
The truth is, you’ve seen this movie before; the story has been done dozens of times. A group of characters with hidden talent are offered the chance of a lifetime. If they can just believe in themselves they can make it big! This fact makes Sing predictable, but the story is told so well with humor, on-point animation and voice acting that you get wrapped up in it. The great singing and music are cherries on top of this delicious sundae.
Buster Moon (voiced by McConaughey) is a koala with a problem even his positive attitude can’t solve. He’s desperate to save his theater from foreclosure. But once he has the bright idea of holding a singing competition all his troubles are behind him right? Wrong. A clerical error results in him advertising a $100,000 prize when he has only $1,000 to his name.
After cute and funny audition scene, Buster uses his talent scouting skills to select the best out of the group including An unappreciated house-pig named Rosita (Witherspoon), a rat pack style mouse named Mike (McFarlane), an angst-filled teen aged porcupine named Ash (Scarlett Johansson) and a criminal-in-training young gorilla named Johnny (Taron Egerton). A shy elephant by the name of Meena (Tori Kelley) and an over-the-top pig named Gunter (Nick Kroll) round out the group.
Each character has their own reason to sing, their own story. Even though you seen these stories before and have a pretty good idea what’s going to happen, each story is fun to watch and entertaining. McConaughey shows incredible acting range by voicing Buster. The singing performances by other actors like Witherspoon and Johansson will make you think “they must have got a stand-in for them” but NOPE, they did the singing themselves. Performances of songs like I’m Still Standing, Shake it Off and Set It All Free are well-done.
All told, this is a good entertaining movie and I recommend it highly. Join in the conversation and tell us what you think about the movie below.