'Sing' - Movie Review

Updated: Jan 14, 2017, 13:10 IST | Johnson Thomas |

'Sing' has a simplistic theme, the screenplay is conveniently stapled together, the animation is comely enough, humor is evidently non-existent and the songs and music are imminently forgettable. So when you leave the theatres you feel far more exhausted than amused

'Sing'
U/A; Comedy/Musical/Animation
Directors: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane
Rating: 

Much after the popularity of singing competitions have run its course, comes this Illumination animation extravagance casting animals in a human like abode and having them do everything that humans do.

You guessed it, this is about a singing competition – auditions and all, meant to be a restorative for a rundown theatre house, and that’s just about all the plotline this movie can swallow. Even 'Sing' acknowledges that this is not such a great idea when a character, a renowned songstress, upon hearing the idea of a singing contest, laments “who wants to see another one of those?”

Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) grew up ‘in love’ with performers, inspired as he was, by trips to the theatre with his father. The Koala has since spent his life trying to bring music to the masses but it’s also become the cause of his downfall because all his numerous theatrical productions so far have failed. In order to steal away from impending foreclosure Moon decides to put on a singing competition with a $1000 prize but his secretary accidentally prints a $100,000 cash prize on the brochure and puts Moon in a lot of bother. How he extricates himself with skillful help from his performers is what the rest of the film is all about.

The conventions normally associated with televised singing competitions are largely included. Lourdelet and Jennings introduce an interesting array of animal cast of characters - the underappreciated house wife/mother Rosita (Reese Witherspoon); the teenage girl, a porcupine, Ash (Scarlett Johansson); the crooner Mike (Seth McFarlane) who gets in trouble with the mob while trying to impress a lady; the son, Johnny, a Gorilla, (Taron Egerton), who does not want to follow in his father’s criminal path; and the shy teenager, a pachyderm, whose insecurities keep her powerhouse voice bottled up.

It’s a simplistic theme, the screenplay is conveniently stapled together, the animation is comely enough, humor is evidently non-existent and the songs and music (which should have been its mainstay) are imminently forgettable. So when you leave the theatres you feel far more exhausted than amused.

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