It all started with a dream. Ever since he was a kid, Buster Moon (a koala voiced by Matthew McConaughey) wanted to own the theatre he’s sat in as a kid and produced the type of shows that had captured his heart. Unfortunately, he wasn’t as successful as he had hoped. With his theatre crumbling around him and his workers quitting in an unpaid rage, Buster comes up with the idea of having a singing contest to revamp his beloved theatre.
Making about $150 million since its release date in late December, the animated movie SING is one that the entire family can enjoy. The film was comprised of different actors such as Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane as well as singers Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly. Made up in a world full of animals, Buster’s singing competition inspires the hearts of the citizens of the town to realize their musical desires. The line stretches around the neighborhood and Buster chooses the lucky few to participate in the competition.
What makes the movie so captivating, is that each of the characters are going through their own struggle. Mike (Seth MacFarlane) the mouse, has big ideas and an even bigger mouth, but has no funds to support either one. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) the pig, has a large family and a husband that doesn’t pay her much attention. Johnny (Taron Egerton) the mountain gorilla, has a father who is a gang leader and expects him to follow his footsteps, but all he wants to do is sing. Meena (Tori Kelly) the elephant, has a an amazing voice but is paralyzed by her stage fright. And Ash (Scarlett Johansson) the porcupine, has a boyfriend that refuses to let her shine. With all of these storylines happening at once, viewers have more than enough to be entertained by.
The trailers make the movie out to be a theatrical animal performance full of non-stop dancing and singing, but that is not exactly what we receive. The movie is fun and engaging but lacked a lot of the music that was expected. And with the various storylines we are expected to follow, we can be a bit overwhelmed by all of the different details. Even still, the ending performances made everything worth it. Rosita and Gunther blew everyone away with their rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Up” and Meena brought down the house with her performance of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing.”
SING was fun to listen to and a treat to watch. We often think that cartoons are more for young children than they are for adults but SING is definitely a film for all ages. Like the recent animated films we have received lately, it has underlying messages about being true to your own heart and learning that it is always best to reach for the stars. SING is definitely a must-see and will no doubt continue to sell out theaters for weeks to come!