More To Say #19: Sing

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Sing is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It was directed and written by Garth Jennings and co-directed by Christophe Lourdelet. The film stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. The plot involves a group of animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theater.

The film includes more than 60 classic songs from famous artists, and also has an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande called “Faith”. It was released by Universal Pictures on December 21, 2016 and has grossed $467 million worldwide. A sequel has been announced for a Christmas 2020 release.

Illumination Entertainment has been a very mixed bag since its’ launch in 2010, I’m very mixed on the Despicable Me movies, not a big fan of the first movie nor the second movie, it says something when I really liked Minions over the previous 2 Despicable Me movies, I really don’t like either Hop or The Lorax but I really liked The Secret Life Of Pets. So, this studio is no Pixar nor is it Laika studios when it comes to consistently entertaining movies.

So, where does that put Sing? Sort of down in the middle, I don’t hate this movie but I don’t really like this movie either, it’s just an okay mixed bag.

Looking at the positives of the movie, I think the voice cast works really well here, this is one of the more established voice casts for an animated movie we’ve had in a while, Matthew McConaughey is really good as the koala, Buster, Reese Witherspoon is good as Rosalita, Seth MacFarlene is really good as Mike, Scarlett Johansson is good as Ash, John C. Reilly is good as Buster’s partner at the theater, Taron Egerton is really good as Johnny, Tori Kelly is really good as Meena, you also have Nick Kroll, Nick Offerman, Peter Serafinowicz, Beck Bennett, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Rhea Perlman, Leslie Jones, Laraine Newman, Jay Pharaoh, Bill Farmer, and many more, this is a very good, well put together cast involved with this movie that works with the material given to them.

The animation is really good, for an Illumination movie, they do a good job of trying to distance themselves from their usual animation style shown in Minions and Secret Life Of Pets, while it’s definitely here, it’s not as out in the open as it is in other Illumination movies.

The covers themselves are actually really good covers, any movie that can get me to actually appreciate that terrible Call Me Maybe song is really trying to make something good here. The rest of the covers are very good, there’s not one that I felt was badly done or just there to be topical for the kids and adults in the theater right now.

With that said, that does lead to the negative things I had to say about the movie. The covers, like I said, are very good but the original songs they have in here are pretty generic, this was the third computer animated musical that came out in a span of 8 weeks, this was the third after Trolls and Moana, two movies that had far better songs in it than Sing did. Trolls at least has some original songs that I still remember to this day, Moana has a soundtrack with songs that I listen to at least once or twice a week, I saw Sing a couple of weeks ago….I’ve already forgotten the original songs that were in the movie. That’s how forgettable these songs were.

Also, as good as the cast is in this movie, the characters themselves are not memorable, I’ll remember characters from Despicable Me and Secret Life Of Pets but the characters in this movie have nothing of remembrance to them. You can understand each of their situations and see why they deserve to win the competition but as far as traits and personalities, they are just generic and cliché-riddled.

But the biggest problem the movie has is that the story, like the characters, is generic and cliché-riddled. The plot of this is way too reminiscent of The Muppets in which they are trying to have a big event to save the theater from being sold, the characters’ backstories are clichéd as hell, you know exactly where it’s going to go at the end and there is not a point in this movie where you feel like that you’re going to get something completely different in terms of the plot, everything you think is going to happen, happens and there is no surprise at all. A really good animated movie should be able to throw at least some twists and turns in its’ plot to make up for the generic story going on but nope, everything is right where you think it would be.

Overall, I didn’t hate Sing but neither did I like it either, I’m just mixed on it, I really had a hard time remember much about this movie because it was just so forgettable but the few things I do remember were the voice cast that works well, the animation that looked nice, and the decent covers but other than that, this movie is pretty forgettable. I tried to be invested in what was going on but overall, it just wasn’t worth the watch. It’s the perfect definition of a mixed bag movie, I would honestly say see this movie and make your own judgment because honestly, I’m so mixed on this, I can’t even tell if I would want to watch this again, that’s how forgettable it is.

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