Sing Movie Review
Every year we have our big Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve. We have friends and family over, cook a big meal and stay up late. Christmas morning is all about hanging out together in pajamas. In the late afternoon, we head to the movies and try to see something all together that kids and adults will enjoy. If you do anything like this, Sing is the perfect movie.
It’s cute, unlikely to offend anyone and it’s filled with catchy songs. There will be at least one song for everyone in the family. There are covers of The Beatles, Katie Perry, and my personal favorite, the Gypsy Kings. And Stevie Wonder does a duet with Ariana Grande.
Sing is about a theater owner, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) who is one bill away from losing everything. He decides that the way to save the day (and his own skin) is to put on a show. He stages an American Idol-type contest and invites the entire city to try out.
There’s a an angsty young rocker porcupine, Ash (Scarlett Johansson), a stay-at-home mom pig, Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a Frank Sinatra-esque mouse, Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a shy elephant, Meena (Tori Kelly), and a gorilla with a shady family, Johnny (Taron Egerton). Their stories aren’t terribly original, but Rosita – the mom with 20+ kids – will have mothers everywhere rooting for her. The best scene in the movie is when Rosita is having a terrible day that ends in the grocery store, but when the Gypsy Kings comes on the speaker she discovers that she really can dance.
There are some sweet messages about following your dreams, being brave and never giving up on family and friends. The best moments, though, are when the characters are performing. There are a few chase scenes and a few moments where small children might be nervous, but mostly it’s sweet family entertainment.