I have always been a fan of movies from Illumination Entertainment to the point where I get annoyed at anyone who says they hate the minions. They may not be the most original animated films, but when you look past that, they can be very entertaining. Even The Secret Life of Pets, though not all that original, was a very fun time at the movies. Now, for the first time, they have their second release in the same year, Sing. So, how does it compare to this year’s other animated movies?
Sing takes place in a world entirely populated by humanistic animals. When a koala bear named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is facing losing his prized theater, he decides the only way to save it is to hold a singing competition. After everyone in town auditions, five contestants emerge: a pig named Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), a gorilla named Johnny (Taron Egerton), a mouse named Mike (Seth MacFarlane), a porcupine named Ash (Scarlett Johansson), and an elephant named Meena (Tori Kelly). Tensions rise as everyone struggles to audition, and Buster tries to find a way to cover the prize money, leaving everyone to wonder, who will win?
Sing is a fun movie, but it is not my most favorite Illumination movie. It had some funny moments, and the musical numbers were really good. The voice actors were all really good, and really good at singing. I did like the fact that the movie featured mostly classic songs. It was a way for parents to enjoy the movie while their kids are enjoying the talking animals. All this made for an overall entertaining film.
However, there were some things that didn’t work. I thought the script needed some serious work. The movie jumped between its six different characters very rapidly, and it made the movie feel very confused. It was hard to keep up with the story when we couldn’t focus on one character for more than five minutes at a time. The biggest issue I had with it was that its animal characters had no reason for being animals. In movies like Zootopia there is a reason for their characters being animals. This movie didn’t have one, so the talking animal element just felt pointless.
In the end, Sing was a fun movie, but it had some major problems. The story was confused, wasn’t that funny, and had no purpose for their characters being animals, but it was saved by great voice acting and entertaining musical numbers. This movie is far from the best animated movie of the year. However, I still had fun with it. I had been looking forward to this all year so I’m glad I got to see this in theaters.