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It has been a great year in animation, and I was hopeful that Sing could keep up the trend. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as Zootopia, but this is the second time this year seeing a major motion picture with talking animals, so if I have to pick a standard to hold Sing to, it’s Zootopia. It has a great cast, and Illumination is a solid animation studio, so I was excited to see the movie. Let’s talk about Sing!
Sing is directed by Garth Jennings and stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Tori Kelly. Buster Moon, one of the biggest names in the theater industry, is having some trouble keeping his theater afloat. To bring in enough money to stay in business, he advertises for a singing competition with an extremely large prize to anyone willing to show off their talents and help Moon keep his theater alive.
First of all, this movie is extremely well-animated. I probably shouldn’t expect anything less from a major studio, but I loved the color and the brightness, and it’s a very cheery film. The animals are well-animated, and the way they interact with the world is really impressive. There are a lot of moving pieces to this film, and they did a good job containing the moving pieces and using them as a colorful and bright advantage. That leads into the next thing I loved about Sing, and that is the tone. It’s a very happy and cheerful film, and in a year where movies are ripping our hearts out, it’s nice to see a movie that has a very light and positive tone that I can just sit back and enjoy while smiling. I also loved the vocal cast. I think that the vocal cast brought the movie to a whole new level and really brought the characters to life. Matthew McConaughey was great as Buster Moon, and I really enjoyed hearing his voice in this little, full-of-life koala who just wouldn’t give up. I think the positive tone is going to strike with kids and adults, and it’s refreshing to see during this Oscar season that has been more depressing than usual.
This movie wasn’t perfect, so let’s talk about a few things I didn’t love about the film. First of all, there is definitely far more for children to enjoy in this movie than there is for adults to enjoy. Almost all of the comedy is geared toward children, and other than the positive tone and the feel-good nature, there isn’t a ton for adults to get into in the film. Next, the music feels like it was somewhat jammed into the film so that we would start singing along to all of the popular songs they play. The songs are performed pretty well, but it still feels like every few minutes the movie asks you to drop everything and sing along to Katy Perry. Finally, I think a few of the details in the film are kind of lazy. Looking in the background, sometimes you’ll see something like a sign that says “APARTMENTS,” as compared to something more clever that would have sold me on this world far more. In fact, it probably would have helped the adult audience if there was a more mature pun or joke in some news headlines or billboards. It’s a small issue, but it’s something that could have been changed to add enjoyability to the movie.
Overall, Sing isn’t quite the quality of most animated movies we’ve seen this year, but it is something that kids can enjoy for the comedy and world design while adults can appreciate the positivity it has to offer. It’s really well-animated, and the bright colors and joy are extremely refreshing in one of the most tear-jerking years we’ve seen recently! It has a great vocal cast, and all of the actors brought a whole new element of life to the characters. The music does feel a bit jammed in, and there are some details that felt lazy, but Sing is at least a joyous and heart-warming time that can put you in a world of positivity. I’m going to give Sing a 6/10.
Will you be seeing Sing this weekend? There are so many movies to see during this family holiday, so which ones will you be headed out to the theaters to get your eyes and ears on? There are plenty of movies still to come which means plenty of reviews still to read! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!
All images courtesy of Illumination