Director: Garth Jennings
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton
Age Restriction: PG
Runtime: 1hr 49min
Release date: 23 December 2016
From the animation studio who brought you Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets – Illumination Entertainment has had an impressive streak with their animated offerings.
Will their latest effort, Sing continue the studio's successful trend?
Told in the vein of Idols, Sing takes place in a world filled with anthropomorphic animals. The film kicks off when Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) – a koala bear – develops a passion for the theatre as a child.
Years later, the optimistic koala is the proud owner of a musical theatre. However, Buster hasn't really made a success of it, as the theatre has never seen a successful production and is in deep financial trouble.
Looking for a way to restore the theatre to its former glory, Buster comes up with the perfect solution… a singing competition.
Animals from all over audition for the gig, and of course only the best are selected to compete.
Because Buster selects numerous animals to compete, Sing features multiple characters and tries to establish all of them in a one and a half hour plus movie.
There's just way too much going on, resulting in numerous storylines that hardly have enough room to breathe. The characters are completely rushed to the point where they feel thinly written and underdeveloped.
And on top of that, the plot is an uninspired cliché which brings nothing new to the table – despite a promising premise with loads of potential.
However, Sing is at least not banal in a bad way as the film makes use of the good Hollywood clichés; and has enough zing to entertain the masses – but only on average levels sadly.
The musical numbers are impressive to say the very least, along with colourful animation and humour that's sure to have only the kids (and not the parents) in stitches.
The a-list celebrity voice cast no doubt bring first-rate quality to the film, and provide excellent vocals for the musical numbers – particularly Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton and Seth MacFarlane.
Lacking in imagination and originality; Sing is crammed with way too many plotlines, resulting a swiftly-paced film that doesn't give itself enough room to breathe.
However, the film has enough zing to entertain even if it's only on average levels; along with sensational musical numbers, superb animation and humour that will have the little ones in stitches.