Sing revolves around Buster Moon (Mathew McConaughey), a down on his luck koala with a love for musical theatre, despite none of his shows work out. So what does this optimistic koala decide to do? He decides to put on a musical talent show, inviting the whole town to audition. The problem is, and Buster doesn’t know this, there was a misprint on the audition call, offering up more money than he’s ever had in his entire life. So of course, everyone auditions, and making their way through to the show is a pig named Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a second pig named Gunter (Nick Kroll), a porcupine named Ash (Scarlett Johanson), a gorilla named Johnny (Taren Egerton), a mouse named Mike (Seth McFarlane), and a shy elephant named Meena (Tori Kelly).
Set to the backdrop of countless famous songs, you’re sure to be dancing along to at least a few of them. The soundtrack does feel scattershot at times, especially in the film’s opening, which just cuts from song to song to song on no end, but when in the moment, each seems to work. The song covers never fail to deliver, either working as a great adaption or a humorous take on the original song. The montage in which everyone auditions is one of the best moments in the film, as Illumination gets to play around with so many different things. I never thought I wanted to see a snail singing ‘Ride Like The Wind’ until I saw this movie.
Even just looking at the film’s plot, there’s not a lot going on. There’s a message of never giving up on your dreams, and while I do like that message, it’s something that we’ve seen a thousand times before. There’s rarely an ounce of originality put into this film, the plot being a combination of a large handful of generic sub-plots. Johnny has a criminal past he wants to escape? Oh, no. Mike is in some trouble with gangsters? Oh, no. Meena has a great voice but isn’t confident? Oh, no. Rosita isn’t appreciated enough at home? Oh, no. Ash is having boyfriend troubles? Oh, no. They’re familiar and bland, and make everything all the more predictable.
To sum up, Sing is without a doubt one of the weaker animated films of 2016, but with that being said, I was still able to enjoy it for what it was. It’s all over the place, generic and a little too kid friendly to work at times, but the song covers are great, if not occasionally forgettable, and kids of all ages will have a ball.
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