As a child the Captain Underpants series was a favorite of mine to read as were with many kids my age so upon hearing in 2017 that seemingly out of nowhere it was being made into a movie I was skeptical. Thankfully however it comes across as one of the most delightful animated films of 2017.
- Dec. 21st, 2016
- Animated / Comedy / Family
- 108 Minute Run Time
Sing is the newest film brought to us by Illumination Studios who also brought the big hit “The Secret Life Of Pets” in 2016. Does Sing bring the magic and the laughs that their previous hit did or fall short on a flat note?
We follow Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey), a koala who even with the dreams of running a successful theater has found that business isn’t what he wished it was at and that if he doesn’t have a smash hit soon he won’t have his theater much longer anyway. In a last ditch effort he makes a contest where anyone with a passion to sing can enter for the chance at a large cash prize he may or may not have. The story follows your typical trend of a helpless group of people living their ordinary lifes and struggling with everyday problems getting their chance to shine the way they could only have dreams about. It stays on track and never veers to far from the beaten path.
What we do get to help with the story is a great cast of characters each with their own fully fleshed out backstory. You have Johnny, the teenage gorilla who is quiet with a golden voice trying to get himself away from the lifestyle of crime his father wants him to be involved with. Rosita, the mother of a gaggle of piglets who stays home dreaming about what a singing career could of been while taking care of a household and a husband that is woefully uninspired. Ash, a teenage porcupine with a broken heart and a punk rock lifestyle (even if the punk rock part is still pushed down for a family friendly film). You also get a few more smaller characters like the crooner mouse who lives on a big lifestyle stealing from others, the German dancing pig, the shy elephant Meena with the biggest voice. One of Sings best parts is that these characters are mostly great to watch and have that personal touch that many viewers could relate to in one way or another.
For a film named Sing though that revolves around a music competition actually singing isn’t something that is here as much as one would expect. The film does boast an original song and gives a handful of song credits at the end but this isn’t a musical. Most of the big music moments don’t occur till the end with most of the other musical moments being more like quick snippets. Even during the “American Idol” like talent portion each song ends before you can really start to get into it.
The film boasts an A list cast though to voice these high profile characters as well. You can hear the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Nick Kroll and more. Everyone does a fairly good job here though none are the greatest of singers. MacFarlane might have the best voice of the bunch but his voice caters to his characters style.
The biggest downfall of Sing is that it is neither super interesting or really funny. You can plot the entire story before it really gets going and hits every stride you’d expect along the way. Compared to other films Illumination has put out as well Sing just isn’t very funny. Their films usually are just as funny for adults as they are for children but Sing is the exception. I only found the occasional moment to be humorous with many jokes simply falling flat.
Overall Sing is a cute film with some fun characters sporting a good message. Kids will love it and want to watch it again but compared to other films similar to it adults will find themselves more bored than entertained.
Score : 5/10