Movie Review: Sing

Abby Zinman

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If you like American Idol, X Factor and The Voice, you will surely enjoy Sing, the animated film that is an amalgamation of these shows. Though not nearly as good as their biggest hit, Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment did a delightful job in creating Sing.

The movie follows a koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) who owns an unsuccessful theatre that is losing money rapidly. To save his business, he decides to start a new show that he is sure will be a hit— a singing competition. Five competitors now practice persistently to perfect their singing voices in order to win the title, while trying to overcome personal obstacles, such as having severe stage fright. From that point on, things get unpredictable and very interesting. However, at the end, things resolve quite nicely as most animated pictures do.

Like most animated films that feature animals as protagonists, the characters exhibit many human qualities. In fact, it is like humans’ brains and lives are being put into animals’ bodies. For example, one of the singers, Johnny, has always dreamed of being cast on a singing show. However, his father strongly disapproves of this and wants him to be part of his gang of petty thieves. This situation reflects many real-life circumstances; many parents do not approve of their children’s choices and ambitious dreams, putting the child in a tough place. An example of a humorous personification in the film is how the contestants sing popular songs that the audience is sure to appreciate, such as Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. There is also an incredible original song included, called “Set It Free”, sung by the porcupine named Ash (Scarlett Johansson).

Although a little formulaic, Sing was entertaining, humorous and not too predictable. This is why I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It can be enjoyed by all ages, so take your mom, sister or a friend to see it while it is still in theatres!

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