HOLLYWOOD—This movie is funny, and I mean it’s really, really funny! There is no surprise why the animated feature “Sing” has brought in big bucks at the box-office. I mean we have a ton of mega-stars in this flick including the voices of Matthew McConaughey, John C. Reilly, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and Tori Kelly. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing and that’s a good thing.
The film follows small, but mighty Buster Moon (voice of Matthew McConaughey), who is a koala bear doing everything in his power to keep his struggling theater afloat. In a bid to keep his dreams of entertaining alive and the theater open for business, Buster decides to host a singing competition, where a mistake in the winner prize sees a bevy of talent and not so talented singers taking the stage to impress.
One notable standout includes Rosita (voice of Reese Witherspoon), a pig who gave up her dreams of singing to raise a family of 25 piglets, yes people, 25 piglets to her husband Norman (voice of Nick Offerman), who pushes all the parenting duties on her.
We have Meena (voice of Tori Kelly), who is an elephant with amazing pipes, but her fear of stage fright gets the best of her every single time. There is Johnny, a mountain gorilla who has a sensational voice, but finds himself battling a lifestyle his criminal father wants him to pursue versus the secret talent he has kept hidden. These are just some of the characters that bring a level of heart and everyday life to the movie “Sing.” At its core, this is an animated feature putting the spotlight on the importance of going after one’s dreams against all odds, even if you’ve relegated your personal happiness for the sake of others.
We get so see from the young, the middle-aged and the old, there is no time like the present to go after that a goal that at some times appears unattainable. It helps to have wise-cracking banter from animals; I mean I think the use of humans in this flick would have worked against some of the jokes delivered towards the kiddies and the adults. It opens one’s eyes to new perspectives.
And who doesn’t love a movie with great singing, especially when that singing involves pop culture faves like Sir Mix-A-Lot, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra to name a few. Yeah, there is music in there for the baby boomer generation, as well as millennials and even the youngest audience in this 21st century. There is a clash of what one considers good music, popular music and classic music in the generation nowadays, so to see an animated flick of all movies embrace all genres from all walks of life, forces one to appreciate songs that maybe they weren’t always fond of.
By the way, I think I found myself more entertained by some of the dance routines courtesy of animals that one could only imagine performing popular dances done by humans. “Sing” is not just a movie that inspires the power of chasing one’s dreams; it finds a way to entertain where you can escape the everyday stressors in life and live the theater with a gleeful smile on the face.