Directed by Garth Jennings, Sing is the story of a hustling theatre impresario’s attempt to save his theatre with a singing competition. As the show becomes grander than he had ever anticipated, even the finalists find that their lives will never be the same.
The first thing that you will notice about this film is that it is both dazzling and colourful which makes sense as it’s aimed primarily at kids and families. The second thing you will notice about Sing is that the quality of the animation is truly marvellous.
First we are introduced to Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), the owner of the theatre before taking a whirlwind tour of the city which introduces us to more of the main stars of the show. We see Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), Mike (Seth MacFarlane), Meena (Tori Kelly) Ash (Scarlett Johansen) and Johnny (Taron Egerton).
Kids will be amused by all the signing and dancing as well as a fart joke which somehow found its way into this film. The montage of songs in the audition scene was a lot of fun to watch and it is full of recognisable songs. Even k-pop gets a mention in this film, even if it isn’t taken all that seriously and is mostly forgotten about by the end.
One of the things I liked about this film was the fact it showed that each of the main stars were going through their own issues. Rosita was partnered with Gunter (Nick Kroll) as she had the voice by lacked the passion. Her supermarket scene was incredible and their final performance of Shake it Off by Taylor Swift was vivacious and insanely brilliant.
Meanwhile Mike was getting into trouble over cheating at cards after spending money he didn’t have in order to woo a girl. Ash had to deal with a boyfriend who had moved on from her and what it meant it meant to be a performer in her own right. Meena was dealing with her confidence issues but when they came to sing, they were all absolutely incredible.
Lastly we have Johnny who was torn being supporting his father and the family business of robbery versus the desire to follow in his dream of singing. The story of Johnny and his dad gave the story more depth as well as one of the most emotional scenes since the ending of A Monster Calls.
Sing is suitable for the whole family with its vibrant colours and recognisable songs that will keep you entertained for its 108 minute run time. If you have been seeing a lot of full on films lately this is also great for a bit of light relief. The story is good, the characters are interesting and it has one of the most fun credit sequences that I have ever seen.