Director(s): Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly
‘Sing’ is a movie starring a whole bunch of decently talented people. You’ve got Matthew McConaughey as Buster Moon (koala), Reese Witherspoon as Rosita (pig), Seth MacFarlane as Mike (rat), Scarlett Johansson as Ash (porcupine), John C. Reilly as Eddie (sheep), Tori Kelly as Meena (elephant), and – last, but certainly not least! – Taron Egerton as Johnny (gorilla). That’s about everybody in the movie, at least as far as main characters go. ‘Sing’ is an ensemble movie about anthropomorphic, singing animals. Sadly, I don’t think it’s as good as it sounds and I believe a big reason why ‘Sing’ didn’t live up to the standards I had it set at, is because there was just too many people. Funnily enough, the amount of people (and who they were) was why I was so excited in the first place. Ah well, as they say…they can’t all be winners, right?
So why am I being so negative, so fast? It’s because I was really hoping for this movie to rock. I even have an old article where I explicitly explained why I was so, very ecstatic. Speaking of, allow me to correct something now; in that old article, I said that I was hoping Taron Egerton was the elephant. This was before I knew much about the film, let alone that the elephant was female. so I’m sorry about that. But again, and I cannot stress this enough, I was beyond interested in what this movie could have been, and what it turned out to be wasn’t terrible but it could have been way, way better.
Firstly, as I tend to do, I’m going to point out some positives; I really like all the characters. They all brought something fun, unique, and exciting to an otherwise bland movie or, better yet, story. That’s where it starts to fall apart; in its narrative structure. The pacing is fast, so that’s nice – keeps the little ones entertained. However, it is so fast that it’s tiresome and by the time it slowed down I essentially stopped caring.
Which leads me to my next complaint, the town was just sort of empty. Weird complaint, I know so I won’t stay on it too long, but basically, it felt like a movie from 2005 or somewhere around there. What I mean is there was hardly anything happening in the background and that’s kind of bizarre for a “family-friendly” film; especially one released in 2016. A better example is that, at one point, Rosita is shopping in the grocery store; there’s only her in the aisles though. Maybe it was intentional? But it just made the movie feel more bland and uninspired and, honestly, it’s just lazy.
Going from there, I don’t have much else to say sadly. Mostly because I don’t remember anything else and I only just saw it yesterday (as of me writing this review). I don’t hate it nor do I dislike it as much as some of Illumination Entertainment’s other films; I just wish there was “more”. It was missing something, a certain charm perhaps? Or maybe it was because they decided to use copyrighted, unoriginal music.
I’m just left here shrugging, sighing, shaking my head, and wondering about what could have been. It’s not like any of the voice actors didn’t care or the directors, but it’s like the animators couldn’t care less which is sad. I’m done. I’m done with this movie, with this review, with caring about Illumination Entertainment. I’m done. They have, continuously, put out mediocre-to-shit films and I just don’t care anymore, but I’m going to go before I start spouting and spewing.
Go see this movie for yourself because there were other people in the theater who seemed like they were enjoying it. I, however, found it lacking. Screw it! It’s bad. Bad! I hate telling people what to do, but don’t go see this movie. It sucks. I’m done sugarcoating it. It was bad. Not good.