Sing

3 Stars

Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) has dreamed of mounting magnificent productions in a theater since he was a kid, but a string of flops have left him on the edge of losing his theater. To save his theater, he decides to create a singing competition. The contest brings in far more potential contestants than he expects, though, all of whom are looking for something new in their own lives. As the group of finalists prepares for their big show, they’ll discover more about themselves through the power of music.

A film that incorporates popular songs, a popular cast, and an animated world. Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah.

In all seriousness, Sing is a perfectly fine, crowd-pleasing piece of entertainment that should serve well for families this holiday season. Like much of Illumination’s fare to date, it’s charming but not particularly inventive or challenging. The film hits a lot of familiar beats, beats that are all the more familiar with Trolls releasing just a few months earlier. Heck, with the film taking place in an anthropomorphic world, Sing also calls to mind the much more inventive Zootopia. If the film’s trailers look appealing to you, check Sing out. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours. Just don’t go in expecting more.

Sing • Rating: PG (for some rude humor and mild peril) • Runtime: 108 minutes • Genre: Musical, Animation • Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson • Directors: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings • Writer: Garth Jennings • Distributor: Universal/Illumination
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