Sing is like a puppy. No matter
how bad it is, you just can’t stay angry at that cute little
Matthew McConaughey provides the voice of Buster Moon – a
koala bear that dreams big! While he dearly loves his theater and all
of the shows he has produced over the years, business has been on the
downturn and he needs a big idea to blow the community away, so Buster
decides to host a talent show with a $1000 grand prize.
However, as the posters are being created and printed, a typo changes
the value of the prize to $100,000! As you can imagine, a prize that
size brings out every person with a dream.
Who will win the contest?
How will Buster come up with $100,000?
What is wrong with me?
I feel this spirit of the season filling my normally dark, sarcastic
void with happiness and love.
It’s as if my heart has grown three sizes this day.
Sing is a paint-by-numbers film,
but with this much spirit, you don’t mind, and kids in the
audience won’t care.
McConaughey is the perfect man to play the dreamer and schemer who will
do anything to keep the theater afloat and help the young, talented
group of performers try to be everything they can be. He makes the
koala into the ultimate showman hyping the big contest, spreading
positivity in the face of adversity and becoming the mentor each
Then, Nick Kroll becomes every little and big kid’s favorite
character as Gunter - the performing pig who is quite a ham.
Writer/director Garth Jennings bring Gunter’s goofiness to
the fore, which balances out the other sappier stories about the kid
gorilla, Johnny (Taron Egerton), who wants Dad’s approval or
Rosita the Pig (Reese Witherspoon), who wants to live again or teen
elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), who is amazingly talented, but too shy to
share it with the world.
Sadly, Sing has too many characters. I only
mentioned half of the signing contestants in that earlier sentence, so
it a crowded film.
Jennings moves Sing along at a blistering pace, so
the bare bones stories never get enough attention to make the audience
realize all of them are flimsy. We just hop from character to character
to character. People in the crowd are supposed to be moved by the
cliché plots, dance along with the multi-generational
soundtrack and giggle at the antics. If you want depth, it
Yet, the fun and smiles are there, which is what makes Sing worthy of
some time this holiday season.
Sing is rated PG for some rude
humor and mild peril.