Illumination Entertainment came out of nowhere when they released ‘Despicable Me’ in 2010 to critical and financial success, and just like that, became one of the most bankable animation studios working in the industry and a fierce competitor to Disney Animation and Pixar. Their latest release ‘Sing’ has just hit theatres and so let’s find out if it hits all the right notes, or maybe a wrong note?
‘Sing’ follows a koala named Buster Moon, an owner of a theatre where he is a bit of a dreamer when it comes to these productions, yet has never had a huge success. After his long string of failed shows, he comes up with an idea for the whole city to audition for a singing contest where the winner will receive the top prize of $1,000. And just like that, the city begins to start talking about this ultimate singing competition for a chance to be a star.
I’ll be honest, ‘Sing’ tries to provide some heart behind these characters that are lucky enough to be a part of the singing competition. Buster is struggling to make ends-meet by paying back the theatre, Johnny who wants to be a singer but his father won’t approve, and Rosita who wants to escape of being a domestic mother and show the world she is more than that. Basically, each character has their own flaw, their own dream, and the film tries to balance them, some better than others. Yet, some don’t feel as conclusive as they need to be.
While the music can be enjoyable, they are mostly modern pop songs that you’ve heard plenty of times, like “Call Me Maybe”, “I’m Still Standing” and “Shake It Off” to name a few, while surprisingly showcasing an original song “Faith” thrown into the mix. Basically, it’s a 110 minute movie of ‘American Idol’ but with animals singing instead. Animal Idol?
However, what makes this film a bit sluggish is that the jokes are very few in between, leaving more of an empty feeling than being constantly entertained with these characters and the scenarios they find themselves thrown into.
‘Sing’ can be somewhat enjoyable, but it does have its moments of characters and some entertaining songs, however has a balancing act which can be a bit uneven and the fact that there isn’t much humour throughout this nearly 2 hour movie.
‘Sing’ doesn’t sing a high note, but it doesn’t hit a low one either. It’s fairly sound.