I have wanted to see Sing since it came out in theatres. However, if I remember correctly, my theatre either didn’t show the film or they didn’t have it out for very long. I think they were still showing the big tentpoles like Rogue One and I forget what other films came out last December. Either way, I missed it in theatres and I am sad that I did.
Sing was really good. We’re talking Disney levels of good. In fact, it was on par with Zootopia which I caught on Netflix earlier this year. To be perfectly honest, just because it was a musical, I think it even surpassed my love of Zootopia. Of course, who doesn’t like seeing a humanoid pig, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, dance a tango in the middle of a grocery store?
I mean really.
But, I digress.
Sing tells the story of a marsupial, a koala bear named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), who is trying to save his beloved theatre from being shut down. He’s hounded by the bank, his stage hands’ pay checks bounce, and he has to put up with a senile old lizard, named Miss Crawly, as his secretary. With the help of his friend Eddie (John C. Reilly), who, honestly denounces the whole thing, Moon decides he needs to stage a singing competition to generate more revenue.
Of course, the senile Miss Crawly messes up the prize money amount and everyone thinks they’re getting $100,000 instead of simply $1,000.
The cast of characters who round out Moon’s little competition include, Rosita the above mentioned pig; Gunter, a pig who likes to dress in sequins and who is very over the top; Johnny (Taron Egerton), the gorilla son of a gang member who has a voice to rival Sam Smith; Meena (Tori Kelly), an elephant with a set of pipes but severe stage fright; Ash (Scarlett Johansson), a teenage porcupine who likes to rock; and Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a sax playing, jazz crooning mouse.
The film juggles the host of characters well, bouncing around to each of their lives and how the competition changes them. For Rosita, it means her husband finally pays attention to her and her 25–yes, I’m not joking–children. For Johnny, it means getting out of the life that imprisoned his father. All of the other animals have their reasons for joining the competition and it’s incredibly adorable.
The voice cast here is especially stunning and it really amps up the storytelling. All of the main cast use their own voices to sing and they still manage to stand up to the phenomenal Kelly who is a professional singer.
Though, I have to say, the biggest surprise wasn’t Witherspoon, who has the cutest set of pipes ever. No, I was deeply impressed by Egerton’s vocals which were smooth, silky and all together mesmerizing. I think I could listen to him sing all day. He really elevated himself and stood out in the crowd. To be honest, I really think his role as Johnny should’ve been noticed more and appreciated more.
As a whole, Sing really surprised it. It was funny, heartfelt, and a toe tapping good time.