‘Sing’ (2017, 12A)

Is ‘Sing’ a musical classic or just full of mediocre animals?

In a humanoid animal world, Buster Moon (voiced by Mathew McConaughey) is in need of help — his theatre is failing and desperately needs to stop his bank from repossessing it. He decides to have a talent show, with contestants such as Johnny the gorilla (Taron Egerton) and Ash the rockstar porcupine (Scarlett Johansson). But, with setback after setback hitting Buster and his theatre, will the show go on?

From the studio that produced the ‘Despicable Me’ films and ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ (my review of which can be read here), I was pleasantly surprised with the simplicity of the plot in ‘Sing’. Unlike a lot of children’s films, there wasn’t an outlandish adventure plot, following the standard hero’s journey format as the forgettable protagonist goes on a forgettable quest for a forgettable reward. ‘Sing’, however, has no journey or predictability; it’s the simple story of five or so aspiring musicians trying to achieve their dreams of musical fame.

Although different, this film is by no means amazingly memorable. For a film with such a stand-out cast, I expected slightly more of ‘Sing’, but it didn’t live up to expectations. Illumination’s last film, ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’, wasn’t quite as spectacular as everyone hoped, and it’s the same story now.

There isn’t much to write about with ‘Sing’ at all — yes, the plot is different but is in no way ground-breakingly original. The animation is mediocre and nothing really new, and the voice cast all give reasonable performances. For this, the film only gets a six-out-of-ten from me.

6/10.

 

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