<Review by: Sailesh Ghelani>
Directed by Garth Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet. Starring the voice talent of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders
Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes
Most struggling artists will identify with Sing’s protagonist the cute Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and his young novices who have dreams to be more than who they are right now.
Sing is bustling with songs. Whether it’s the background score or the characters performing the pieces, the music in Sing is bubbly, nostalgic, inspiring, fun and will wet your eyes.
Illumination is the company that made Minions and Despicable Me. So it is no wonder that Sing is a unique story with engaging characters.
Cuddly Koala Buster Moon must save his father’s grand theatre from being sold and to this end he thinks up the idea of having a singing contest with a prize; this will get him the PR he needs to bring in audiences and profits.
We’re then introduced to the prospective ‘idols’ living the life of a mother of over 20 piglets, a son to a gangster, a loving granddaughter who has stage fright, a mouse who wants to make loads of money, a young songwriter who is dumped by her musician boyfriend and a few more cute and talented characters who must change their lives. Little do they realise that in the process they will be changing the life of Buster Moon.
What makes Sing interesting is that we are aware of the background of each of the characters and their reasons for wanting to perform. It’s not just fame or money they’re chasing.
Sing is full of energy, sentimentality and drama. It has some great characters and visuals that will keep the young and old tantalized. I laughed, smiled and even had tears in my eyes by the end. Sing is music to the eyes, ears and heart.