It feels like almost a year ago that the trailer for ‘Sing’ first tantalised the screen at our favourite cinemas; it was in fact only back in May, but the anticipation has been mounting since. As one part of the new ‘George Family Traditions’ (originally adapted from a Lewis family coincidence) Em and I finally went to see ‘Sing’ as our Boxing Day movie of choice.
It was a tough year to choose which movie to go to; with so many first-class movies to choose from, massive cinema costs and only one Boxing Day a year to continue a tradition now 15 years strong, we chose Sing for its light-hearted charm and longevity of appeal to us. We will get to see ‘Moana’, ‘La La Land’ and ‘Rogue One’ eventually but we may need to use a series of ‘Tight Tuesdays’ to afford the tickets. In the end Santa Claus decided for us, with two tickets to go and see ‘Sing’ on Boxing Day and the cd soundtrack in Em’s Christmas stocking on Christmas morning the decision was made.
After a good listen to the soundtrack I was quite convinced I was going to like this one, I was expecting cheesiness with not so overwhelming singing from the trailer back in May but man this soundtrack was very good, and I must tell you the incidental music in the movie that didn’t make the album was even better.
The film stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly. With more than 85 classic songs from famous artists and an original song by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande called “Faith” this movie is a music extravaganza. In a ‘Zootopian’ world of animals, optimistic koala Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is the owner of a music theatre, having been interested in show-business ever since his father took him to his first music show when he was a child. Moon’s Theatre is in trouble and the bills are not getting paid. In a style, reminiscent of ‘The Producers’ he devises the idea to stage an ‘American Idol’ style singing contest for $100,000 prize money, attracting the attention of all walks of society. Buster isn’t the only one in a crisis, as other animals in the city have issues of their own. Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) is a talented singer, but has given up her dreams of performing to raise twenty-five unruly children and is constantly neglected by her workaholic husband Norman. Meena (Tori Kelly) has a great singing voice, but has severe stage fright causing her pushy grandfather to pressure her to face her fear. Mike (Seth MacFarlane) is a street musician who plays the saxophone but doesn’t make easy money prompting him to threaten people into giving him cheap profits. Johnny (Taron Egerton) is the son of mobster Big Daddy who wants him to follow in his criminal footsteps, but Johnny aspires to be a singer. Punk-rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson) is in a band with her boyfriend Lance who is critical of her rocking style, and the stories ensue, culminating in the Grand Finale concert after appropriate twists and turns.
There was a brief moment about three-quarters of the way through that I caught myself thinking I was ready for the storylines to get moving a bit quicker but towards the end I was crying like a little child at the culmination of two of the five story lines.
Musically, which is all I am qualified to talk about, this movie was excellent. I have seen many reviews canning the movie and it’s ‘iTunes sample-esque’ selection of hits, but I thought what I will call it’s ‘Pop-hits montage’ was spot of for length and variety and the extended sections of feature music were engaging. Extremely clever pairing for animal, song, styling and personality, diverse range of genre throughout the whole movie, extremely high calibre vocals from all and a great time with some smash music hits. Seth MacFarlane personifies the Frank Sinatra style, Taron Egerton is amazing at the ‘heart-throb soulful male vocal’, Tori Kelly smashes the diva powerhouse, Scarlett Johansson does teenage angst/jilted lover very well, and Reece Witherspoon could not have fit the character’s vocal style more perfectly as a housewife breaking free with Taylor Swift style. Amazing work from all, including the incidental music and vocals, a great soundtrack to a really fun movie.
Even though it isn’t Disney, I am quite confident that even in a time that we are trying to downgrade our DVD collection, ‘Sing’ will be coming into the George household on DVD in 2017. I certainly recommend it for those looking for a musical fun time with kids or just a light-hearted look at life.
I certainly would recommend you see it.