Movie Review: “Sing”
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is a koala that has had a passion for stage musicals since he was young. Today he runs the theater that sparked his passion but unfortunately people are not coming to his shows. In order to keep the theater, Buster Moon needs a successful show so he decides to put on a singing competition where anyone can enter. Contestants include: a pig named Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a mouse named Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a porcupine named Ash (Scarlett Johansson), a gorilla named Johnny (Taron Egerton), an elephant named Meena (Tori Kelly) and a pig named Gunter (Nick Kroll).
The Pros & Cons
The Competition (+10pts)
The Catastrophe (-4pts)
The Typo (-2pts)
Pro: The Competition (+10pts)
One of my favorite parts of this movie was the premise. The competition element of Sing was entertaining to watch because I really could not tell who was going to win. They each got story development (though a little too much of it, see the con point further down) which made it really hard to tell who was going to end up winning it all. I liked this concept as a means to throw in as many songs as possible, rather than an animated movie in which the characters just randomly start singing. I liked seeing the development of the competition and seeing it come to fruition.
Con: Long (-10pts)
This movie was about forty minutes too long and I am not quite sure why they made it that way. There were way too many full storylines (see the next con) to the point where it now feels like I saw three or four kid’s movies in one. I believe the run-time for Sing was just under two hours, I saw some people sleeping (one in my group) and I saw a lot of restless kids. The movie is not bad but it is unnecessarily long, I am honestly not sure what the studio was thinking by making it two hours.
The movie kept cutting from one character to another. In the beginning this was a little jarring, but I did get used to it. That being said, I think setting up each of these characters is fine, but we did not have to see all of the characters get full storylines. The result is a movie that felt unnecessarily drawn out, to the point where adults and kids will be bored for large chunks of the movie’s runtime.
Pro: Storylines (+5pts)
While I said that there were too many storylines, each storyline individually was decent. I enjoyed the father and son issues in Johnny’s story line, I enjoyed Ash’s relationship problems, I liked the housewife in Rosita, and I enjoyed the rest as well. Each storyline had me engaged and left me wanting that character to win the competition which left me torn as I did not know which character I even wanted to win. I thought they all deserved it and sympathized with each one of them.
In such a cluttered kid’s movie, I think creating characters that the audience cares about individually is an impressive thing. This movie made several characters that the audience will be mildly interested. No character will have audiences glued to the screen in anticipation of where their story will go next, but each character serves their purpose of creating an ensemble of characters that the audience will care about equally. The movie was certainly better for this.
Con: The Catastrophe (-4pts)
So something bad happens in this movie. To avoid spoilers, let us just call it “the catastrophe“. It was clearly put in there to force the characters to hit their lowest point before coming together in the climax of the film. My issue with the catastrophe was that it felt like overkill.
It took the characters to rock bottom, then went way further to an extremely unnecessary degree. In my opinion, this was too much. It was really did not affect the rest of the movie, so I do not really understand why this was done either. The filmmakers clearly wanted to force more drama in the story, but going so far, unnecessarily, just made the whole thing fall flat. The movie definitely lost some steam at this point, so it proved to be a bad move by the filmmakers.
Pro: Songs (+8pts)
As should be no surprise for a movie titled Sing, there was a large variety of songs throughout this movie. There are songs that the characters sing before the competition, more songs that they sing in rehearsal, and even more songs they sing for the performance. This movie has a ton of songs from covers of popular songs to original songs. All of them were good, but unfortunately none of the original ones were memorable. Walking out of the movie, I couldn’t remember how even on of the original songs went. Though that could have something to do with the overload of songs throughout this film and again, I thought all the songs were good though I liked some more than others.
Con: The Typo (-2pts)
Words cannot describe how much I hated this. I do not really know why because the act itself was such a minor part of the movie. I just don't know why they didn't just intentionally make the fliers the way they ended up being. I do not think the movie really suffered because of this and others may love this part of the movie. I personally found it ridiculous in a bad way.
Grade: B- (82pts)
Sing was a decent kid's movie. With great (but forgettable) original songs as well as covers of songs that both kids and parents will appreciate. It has a decent plot but way too many full storylines which makes the movie long to the point at which some adults were falling asleep and some kids lost interest and growing restless. I really enjoyed the competition element of this movie, it got the audience engaged and guessing as to which animal would win. I thought all the voice actors did a great job in this movie and, where most of them were celebrity actors, the group I went with had a fun game of guessing who voices certain characters.
I think most kids and adults will enjoy this movie but will unanimously have the complaint that it is a bit long for a kids movie. If you have any kids in your life I recommend taking them to see this movie, they will probably like it a lot more than you do but I think you will still think it is a decent movie.