Sing: A Movie Review
This film is a good example of why I try not to judge a film based on trailers alone. When I first saw the trailer for this film, I thought it was going to be dumb. When I saw the actual movie, however, my mind changed completely. It wasn't a masterpiece by any means but it had a good story with loads of heart and it tried really hard to connect with its audience. It had a great soundtrack that makes you want to sing along with the characters.
The film starts with the introduction of several different music lovers whose dreams are to make singing a living. Some have talent, some not so much. Buster Moon decides he's going to host a singing competition and promises the winner $100,000. The only problem is, he declines to share that it's $100,000 worth of random stuff, not an actual cash prize.
The auditions begin and all manner of dreamers pour in to show off their talents. This whole part is rather comedic and is almost true to reality in the sense that some people are convinced they are good singers when they are actually horrendous. Some are too flashy and some are just plain ridiculous. But at the end of the auditions, Buster finds his handful of performers and the competition begins.
There actually is a lot more to the story than just a singing competition. It's not just a glorified America Idol with animals, which was my impression from the trailer. There's plenty of story behind each character, and why each one needs the prize money. For a couple characters, it's a matter of life-or-death and for the others it's a matter of respect and confidence-building.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the film and I highly recommend it to anyone out there who loves music, loves to sing, or just has a dream they'd love to achieve. I give Sing a 3 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander