Love Bridgnorth’s film reviewer Charlie Pugh has been to see the latest childrens film – the uplifting and at times hilarious ‘Sing’. Another one to warm the cockles in this chilly weather.
Although optimistic koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) loves his theatre, it has fallen on hard times and is threatened with foreclosure. In a last ditch attempt to save it he launches a singing competition, with five hopefuls: A mother of 25 piglets Rosita (Reece Witherspoon), Ash (Scarlett Johansson) a porcupine rocker, Meena (Tori Kelly) an elephant with stage fright, Mike (Seth MacFarlane) a rough Frank Sinatra mouse and Johnny (Taron Egerton) a young gorilla who wants to leave his gangster family lifestyle behind.
From the makers of Despicable Me and last summer’s The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination Entertainment latest guaranteed hit doesn’t break any boundaries in storytelling, but Sing stands out from the rest of the young studio’s output in terms of presentation and music which is super.
Although there are absolutely no surprises in terms of the storytelling, which wasn’t helped by the marketing giving away huge chunks of the plot, the characters’ individual tales are heartwarming and sincere with the standout’s being Rosita – deftly handling her multiple offspring and Mike getting into numerous scrapes despite having the voice of an angel. It’s a bit like an animated, animal version of Fame and X Factor.
Overall, Sing is yet another crowd-pleaser from one of the most successful studios in recent years, which should keep young ones occupied before the return of Gru and the Minions later this year.