Illumination’s latest movie, Sing, is a song and dance you’ve seen before.
But, charming still.
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) grew up loving the theater, and eventually owns his own, thanks to his dad. Buster’s not very good at running it, though, so it’s in pretty dire straits with the koala dodging the bank and having trouble paying his employees. He’s got one last chance to save the theater, with an American Idol style singing competition. The plot is simple enough for the younger ones to be able to understand, and the comedy is good enough for the kid-at-heart adult types (like me).
The animation is fine, nothing out of the ordinary. They picked the soundtrack pretty well, mixing some newer songs (Taylor Swift is everywhere isn’t she…) with some classics for the adults (Elton John) I thought they represented different walks of human life pretty well. You’ve got everything from the Japanese tourists, to the uber rich and their trust fund babies, to blue collar workers.
There were a few tear-jerker moments that caught me off guard, and my daughter was thoroughly entertained. Enough to see it for the third time!
I would say it’s definitely worth a matinee watch at least!