When it comes to these types of movies, I’m basically a sucker for them. I won’t rent them unless they are super cheap, and I usually wait until they come onto Netflix, just like The Secret Life of Pets which you can read my review of here, or are on HBO. Anyway, this one was on Netflix and I was in a rare mood of not wanting to game so I decided to watch this movie and see if it could help get me out of this weird funk that I was in. Cheerful movies do that right? Eh, it’s debatable.
Sing is about a little Koala Bear named Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who since he was a child just wanted to own the local theater. After the hard work of his father, he finally does but it’s failing. He has one last chance to make it work and he’s going to do that by holding a singing competition with the grand prize of $1,000. Too bad his little old Iguana assistant, Miss Crawley, voiced by Garth Jennings, makes a mistake and puts that the prize is $100,000. This makes a whole lot of animals show up for the audition until it’s limited down to just a few. It’s clear when the movie starts who’s going to be in because they concentrate on the lives of these characters. You have Mike, the mouse, voiced by Seth McFarlane, who is a street performer with stars in his eyes, Ash, the porcupine, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, who is constantly put down by her boyfriend because they’re supposed to be a team and he’s the star of the show, Rosita, the pig, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, who is your typical housewife dreaming of more, Johnny, the Gorilla, voiced by Taron Egerton, who wants to be more than the burglar his father is, and super shy Meena, the elephant, voiced by Tori Kelly, who is amazing but can’t come out of her shell. Thinking that he’s already going to win, Mike takes out a $100,000 loan to impress a lady mouse and ends up getting everyone in a whole lot of trouble.
This movie was lighthearted and cute at first, but then it just dragged on until it was either going to end or I was just going to fall asleep during it. Luckily it ended before I could fall asleep, but the movie just took forever to get the point that it was trying to make. I don’t know what the point was, I guess every individual character had their own lesson to learn, but it all comes together in the fairy tale ending that you would expect from these types of movies, but it just wasn’t entertaining enough. There were those funny parts that you come to expect in this type of movie, but they were few and far in between as most of the movie was just a snooze fest. I thought this was kind of sad because it could have been so much more, but it just failed in so many ways and was way too long. The length of the movie wouldn’t have mattered if it was actually halfway decent, but I found myself looking at the clock way too many times during the movie as it failed to hold my attention.
This is one of those movies where the cast of characters are just thrown together and really don’t work well together. I felt like the voices were mismatched for the characters and the casting just wasn’t good. Just because a movie has some pretty big stars in it, doesn’t mean that it’s going to make the movie better. This made the watching experience even worse because I was constantly thinking of who would have been better suited for these roles instead of the cast that was chosen.
Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.
While this movie has its moments they are few and far in between. The casting was all wrong and after a while it became a snooze fest as this movie just dragged along. I’m going to say that if you have kids you’ll probably want to stick them in front of the TV to watch this one because they’ll want to watch it anyway. While they watch I would suggest playing some random mobile game or maybe using your unused PS Vita that you have lying around somewhere. If you’re looking at this movie as an adult because it’s ok for an adult to love animation movies, look elsewhere because this one just doesn’t do it.