When I stepped into the theater to watch the highly anticipated animated feature, Sing, I was getting ready to embark on a journey that would forever be engraved into mine and my wife’s memory. This would be the first time our young daughter would step into a theater and watch her first movie on the big screen. With that being said, this movie reminded me that movie magic still exists today. As we watched the film, I saw the pure joy and wonder in my daughter’s eyes as the film played before us.
The story is as follows:
“In a lively city of human like animals, entertainer and theater owner, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) attempts to save his theater with a singing competition. The competition becomes larger than he anticipates and the finalist’s discover that their lives have changed forever.”
Story and screenwriter, Garth Jennings, did a exceptional job crafting a light hearted and entertaining story that was easy for the younger children to follow. Each character throughout the film had separate lives and different struggles which eventually would lead them to participating in the competition. It felt as if the moviegoer was watching an extensive background story of performers seen on NBC’s The Voice.
The music in the film consisted of modern songs, but performed in such a way it left you waiting for the next song. Jennings did a wonderful job making the musical scenes feel as though the audience was watching a singing competition seen on television today.
Though storytelling is crucial when making an animated film, it’s important to find the right voices to make the story come to life. The casting team put together an unbeatable cast featuring Oscar nominated and winning actors to current Saturday Night Live cast members, making Sing an unstoppable force to hit the theaters.
Matthew McConaughey’s performance as the ambitious and dapper koala, Buster Moon, was extremely well done. After seeing his performance, I truly believe this will open more doors of opportunity for animated films. As the movie progressed, the audience could feel the energy McConaughey put into the character. He has a natural talent for voice work and if Hollywood was smart, they would capitalize on his ability to make the animated come to life.
Other cast members consisted of Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlene, Jay Pharoah, and Nick Offerman.
Sing was a fun and entertaining film that crowds should be pouring in to see. This movie’s the perfect movie to take a younger children, especially the toddler age. All the music, the animals, and the goofy tone will light up their little eyes.
I give Sing a solid 4 out of 5 stars.