Film review: Let the music free your soul and Sing!
By popular demand, we are seeing more and more competitions on TV over cash and contract grand prizes. But is it just about the money and the contract? Or is it more about sharing talent/sharing one’s talent with the world? Sing takes you behind the scenes to show you how tough a competition can be beyond the lights.
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, the film follows Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all else and will do anything to preserve it. Faced with his life’s ambition crumbling before him, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
This is the third computer-animated movie in the past few months that feature actual singing by the characters, after Trolls and Moana. It features the voice talents of Garth Jennings, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Offerman and Tori Kelly.
This movie shows the struggles of putting on a show and the possible disasters that happen when risks are taken.
There is no main protagonist and character development was crammed together while interweaving a mediocre story. That is not particularly an issue for me because the message was presented clearly.
Taking away the essence of a contest didn’t stop the criticized host and his contestants from finishing what they started. Without the presence of fierce competition and malice towards each other, the contestants wowed their passionate audience. This was a musical that’s not about winning but simply performing. This is a dream scenario for every performer out there.
Sing brings together a talented cast and writers for a movie that transcends some of the other animated movies out there. Every voice actor delivers a great performance and the animators nailed it. The pacing and directing are also very well done. The most exciting part of the movie was the lesson in it, which was that people will do what they want to do when they want to do it and to never be afraid of doing what you are good at! It is undeniably effervescent and will make you leave your cares in the cinema and burst with youthful glee as you witness the effect of the performances on the little children (and some adults), and the happiness they express in their actions.
The one thing I took from this movie is the quote that was the focus of the entire film: “Don’t let fear stop you from doing the thing you love.” Keep dreaming and never stop doing what you love to do.