REVIEW: ‘Sing’ Largely Forgettable Besides Fun Musical Numbers

The makers of “Minions” took a different direction in their latest animated film, “Sing.”

The picture tells the story of numerous characters living in a big city, all having dreams of being a performer. However, the film especially shines a spotlight on Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), the owner of a theater that’s fallen on hard times.

In order to save the theater and turn around his entire business model, Moon decides to have a signing competition. As a result, many different people from unique backgrounds come out to compete.

The story in “Sing” plays out by zig-zagging, as the film’s characters each have their own sub-plots and as a result, the picture bounces around from start until the climax. This, combined with the fact of all the subplots are rather shallow, makes the film easy to follow, but not one that people will remember.

That’s not to say the stories of these characters don’t have some good spots here and there, but as a whole, they are largely lacking in much depth. The animated feature is also lacking in many twists and turns, being quite predictable when compared to this November’s “Moana,” for example.

At the very least, though, “Sing” got the singing right. The musical performances, largely seen in the flick’s final act, are entertaining and sound great. The only real issue was that there wasn’t enough of them. This movie missed an opportunity by not including more musical numbers.

The voice acting in the flick was also on point. There were some pretty nice performances here, such as Scarlett Johansson’s.

Unfortunately, the the characters they were playing, and the world around them, didn’t look particularly great. Compared to the wonderfully vibrant world of “Zootopia” or the extraordinary craftsmanship in “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Sing” lags behind. There’s also the point that the characters in this movie didn’t really need to be animals. In “Zootopia,” it made sense since the film was making social commentary. With “Sing” it felt more like they just made them animals because it would sell more tickets.

Overall, “Sing” is an animated movie that isn’t too exciting or engaging, but it dos have a couple sweet moments here and there. At best it’s worth a rental. 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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