'Sing' film review
I did a musical week on my radio show at my university this week and I decided to take a break from watching gritty Oscar nominated films and watch something light and fun. 'Sing' is the latest film from Illumination Entertainment. You know, the company that keeps inflicting gross amounts of minion related marketing upon the world? However, I'm delighted to say that there wasn't a minion in sight.
'Sing' is a joyfully fun film and with a stellar cast to boot. It boasts a pretty impressive voice cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson. The voice acting in this film is excellent all around and the cast do well to portray the struggles of their individual characters. The plot is a fairly simple on but it does work well. It centres around anthropomorphic animals and the theatre owned by a koala called Buster Moon, voiced by McConaughey. Moon's love for the theatre is evocative of anyone who loves to perform, and when the theatre begins to fall into financial crisis, he tries to rally publicity by holding a singing competition with a cash prize for the winner.
Each of the selected contestants had a unique story that was relatable. Reese Witherspoon's character Rosita's struggles of balancing her passion for singing with being a mother had many a mother sat in the cinema (which was packed full of families; I'm pretty sure I was the only adult in that screen that wasn't a parent) nodding in sympathy. Taron Egerton's character Johnny was also a great complex character who was torn between duty to his father's gang and his own ambitions. Taron Egerton really surprised me in this film. I hadn't seen him in a film since 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' and I missed 'Legend' so it was great to see him in this. He can sing really well and I've been listening to his cover of Elton John's 'I'm Still Standing' a lot since I saw this film.
The music really did make this film. Over sixty songs were used in this film, either in the auditions, in the background or as part of a performance. Scarlett Johansson's rock song sung by porcupine teenager Ash was catchy but the show was stolen voice wise by Tori Kelly who voiced shy elephant Meena. Her songs were so powerful and her voice blew me away. Overall, this film is light but emotional in places, and very enjoyable. Even smaller roles such as Nana Noodleman (Jennifer Saunders) had me with smiles all around. Check it out if you like musicals, for definite.