Movie Review: Sing
Updated: May 28, 2019
I am sure I will be out in the cold about this review, but Sing was not that great of a film. But, let's break down why I feel Sing fell flat.
In a world of anthropomorphic animals, koala Buster Moon(Matthew McConaughey) owns a theater, having been interested in show business since his father took him to his first music show as a child. Facing financial troubles, he tells his friend Eddie Noodleman(John C. Reilly) that he will host a singing competition with a prize of $1,000. But Buster's assistant Ms. Crawley(Garth Jennings) mistakenly appends two extra zeroes, and the promotional fliers showing $100,000 are blown out of Buster's office into the city streets.
Animals from all around the city gather for auditions. Those selected include: housewife and mother of 25 piglets Rosita; street musician mouse Mike(Seth MacFarlane); mobster son gorilla Johnny(Taron Egerton); and punk-rock porcupine Ash(Scarlet Johnansson). Shy elephant Meena(Tori Kelly) bombs her audition out of stage fright, while Ash's boyfriend Lance(Beck Bennett) is dismissed from the contest. Rosita(Reese Witherspoon) is paired with another pig contestant named Gunter(Nick Kroll) for a dancing routine. Although Buster discovers the flyers show a prize of $100,000, money he does not have, he remains optimistic. Buster convinces Eddie to arrange a visit with Eddie's grandmother and former opera singer and theater actress Nana Noodleman(Jennifer Saunders) to persuade her to sponsor the prize money. She is hesitant to contribute, but agrees to see a private screening of the show. And from there it is a road with many twists and turns to get this "American Idol" pet edition off of the ground.
The film boasts that it has 60+ classic songs performed. I am pretty confident that it did not in fact have 60 songs. But they did have 1 original song created by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande called Faith which is currently winning awards.
But back to the soundtrack, I would have picked a completely diverse and more recognizeable sound track for this film than the one that was utilized. Out of the 64 songs, I might know half. What about 90's music? What about the other songs by Queen? CCR? AC/DC? Mumford and Sons? Something! It felt like there was alot of no name tracks tossed in here to keep the copyright charge low.
Below is a complete list of what was claimed to be in the film.
The story had a lot of cracks in it. I understand that it is a kid's movie and so be it, but there is not enough luck in this world to have this much tragedy. But what would have maid this film better? A minions short film.