Often times we get “dueling movies” in Hollywood, two movies coming out in the relatively same time with almost identical plots. It’s not quite the same thing with 2016’s Zootopia and Sing, but two anthropomorphic animal movies definitely would put these movies in the same category as Armageddon and Deep Impact, Volcano and Dante’s Peak, Antz, and A Bug’s Life. But other than the fact that they’re about animal populated worlds, the movies are two different things. While the former tackles social issues in a fun, easy to digest for any ages package, the latter, and more recent film is just a fun movie, that may be a bit bigger that it planned on being.
Written and directed by Garth Jennings (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy-2005) Sing tells the story of failed theater promoter Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), who, in a last ditch effort to keep his theater afloat, hosts a singing competition. A typo about the amount of the prize money attracts a slew of aspiring singers, including gangster’s son Johnny (Taron Egerton-Kingsmen) overworked/underappreciated mother of 25 Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) streetwise street musician Mike (Seth McFarlane) punk rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson) and a shy girl with a big voice Meena (Tori Kelly) .
The movie has a large cast of characters, and it cuts a lot between the group of them, which pacing can be a bit hectic at times, especially in the early goings, but the movie has a huge heart to it, which you really can’t deny. The songs they used in the movie are all used to great effect, either in comedic fashion or to make you move your feet in the theater
The cast all works their roles to perfection, I really enjoyed McConaughey’s work in the movie, I didn’t even realize it was him til the credits rolled, as he doesn’t have his usual southern twang in this one, didn’t know he could do that, was a nice surprise. Taron Egerton also continues to impress in this movie too. Between Kingsmen and Eddie The Eagle, he’s shown some range here and I look forward to seeing where he goes next.
The script does have an almost cliched feel at times, but still has it’s own charms to it, and the animation in the movie from Illumination Studios (Despicable Me, Minions) is fantastic. I can honestly say that I had a smile on my face throughout the entire movie. Definitely one of the most fun movies I’ve seen this winter season. I’ll say Sing is definitely worth seeing, giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.