It has been a busy year for talking animals. We had a fish with short-term memory loss looking for her parents (Finding Dory), discovered what our pets do when we aren’t around (The Secret Life of Pets), a bunny who wanted to be a cop (Zootopia), and now animals in a singing contest (Sing). My cat wanted to try out, but was disappointed when auditions weren’t held at four o’clock in the morning.
Buster Moon loves the theater, but his theater is bankrupt. In a desperate attempt to save his theater, he will put on one more show – a singing competition. He gets more participant interest than he expected when his secretary accidentally types $100,000 instead of $1,000 for the prize money. Instead of cancelling the show, he just rolls with it.
The animation was fantastic. You can tell when Hollywood gets a new toy, because they always love to play with it (e.g. The Matrix); in this case it was fast motion animation. At least half a dozen scenes used this fast motion animation that I had never seen before; it looked impressive and difficult.
As far as plot goes, I was a little surprised that for all his showmanship, Buster never produced a hit. We see throughout the movie that he has a near con-man personality, and as he preps for the singing competition, he clearly has a great deal of showmanship, yet he can’t produce a hit? That seems…odd.
The singing itself was very good. I wasn’t crazy about the song selection, however. All the songs were hits from the past, and I recognized all of them, but I am not about to run out and buy the soundtrack. For a movie about singing, you would expect a great soundtrack and I would rather have the soundtrack from The Martian – a movie about space (where no one can hear you scream).
If you like The Voice, American Idol, or anthropomorphic animals, Sing is a great choice. If you don’t, why would you go see a movie titled Sing? Maybe next year the talking animals can rest a bit and let Cars and Legos do the talking.
WWYT Rating: 6.5
IMDB Rating: 7.3