Animals made a huge impact at the movies in 2016. Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets entertained the masses and made bank at the box office. Up next in this Hollywood trend is Illumination Entertainment’s Sing, a musical animated comedy about a singing competition chock full of elephants, porcupines and a little Koala Bear named Buster Moon (Voiced by Matthew McConaughey) who is at the center of this singing extravaganza.
Sing revolves around Buster trying to save his beloved theater that is in risk of foreclosure by the bank. Having burned most of his bridges in this animal city, Buster comes up with a grand plan to hold a singing competition at the historic theater in order to raise awareness for his brand and hopefully gain the funds needed to save the theater. Numerous species enter the contest expecting a big cash prize from a wise cracking crooner mouse voiced by Seth MacFarlane to an overworked momma pig looking to do something for herself played by Reese Witherspoon.
Sing definitely has a been there done that feeling to the film, especially since the very similar Zootopia was released earlier this year and singing competitions have seemed to run their course on network TV. Also the fact that Sing doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of original songs hurts the film since the most of the tunes are covers from popular music. What saves Sing from being generic is it talented voice cast who bring their animal characters to life by belting out some emotional and fun tunes.
After proving to be an excellent voice talent in Kubo and the Two Strings previously this year, Matthew McConaughey shows off his skills again playing the slick Koala Buster trying to make his mark in the entertainment business at all costs. Taron Egerton also stands out as soft singing Gorilla looking to get out of the family business by winning the competition. Egerton is proving to be one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars displaying a new wrinkle in his skill set showing off his soothing vocals as Johnny. The entire cast does a fine job turning the C+ material into an amusing little film. What Sing lacks in originality, it makes up for in charm.
Overall, I give Sing 2.75 out 4 stars.
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