A cavalcade of star voices combines to bring life to a circus of singing, dream seeking animals in this latest animation from Illumination. Does it hit the high notes of animated wonder though or does it fall flat like a nervous X Factor contestant audition piece?
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is in trouble. His high hopes for bringing theatre to the masses is falling flat. The bank is on the phone, other animals are banging on the door demanding to be paid and this plucky, smooth talking koala needs a plan and quick! He quickly devises a singing competition with a token prize amount but due to an admin error putting the prize up substantially the interest grows and animals from all around come to audition.
There’s much to praise about Sing. Likeable characters, great songs and some genuinely funny moments. One particular highlight being a snail singing ‘Ride Like the Wind’. However, a week after seeing this film I’m struggling to remember major moments from it. My kids on the other hand are still raving about it and looking for a return cinema trip already!! To be clear Sing is not bad and, in comparison to some animations (I’ve seen Ice Age 5) everything makes sense, was well written and has a message but it just fades from memory quickly.
Taron Egerton as Johnny the gorilla made the most impact, attempting to escape his criminal gang family he genuinely tugged at my heart strings and was the one character I really wanted to find success. Which when you write a sentence like that about a cartoon gorilla is an achievement that can’t be overlooked!
This a film with characters who dream of escaping their lives. Not in a pure cash grab but in order to better themselves, to do the thing they love. To escape their circumstances or to escape the humdrum of the everyday.
If La La Land encourages adults to dream and to support the dreamers around them; Sing may do the same for kids the trouble is they may not remember a week later.