Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) was destined for great things in show business. He even opened a theatre with his father where he planned to put on great shows and gain fame, however, every show he put on was a stinker and he was going broke. In a last ditch effect to save the theatre, he decided to put on a contest to find the cities biggest stars, but when he realizes he can’t pay the reward money, Buster is in an even bigger predicament than he was from the start.
In what can be described as “American Idol with Animals,” Sing is a beautifully animated comedy with plenty of great songs, voice acting and STRESS! If it wasn’t bad enough to watch a theatre owner drown in debt, the disasters and the other problems that arise along the way don’t add to the warm fuzzy feeling that these characters are trying to create. It isn’t until the end of the movie that the happy emotions begin to emerge but by then it is a little too late since we spent 1.5 hours feeling the unease of failure.
Speaking of the characters, even though the voice acting is great, these characters feel just as they are in the movie – thrown together without chemistry for the purpose of entertainment. Just as in American Idol, these singers are simply “acts” doing an individual performance yet are apart of a bigger performance. I don’t get it. It’s like watching my sisters ballet recitals growing up. These acts don’t have any rhyme or reason to be put together yet Buster Moon is doing it just to make money. How is this a good story?
At the end of the day, I felt myself stressed out by Buster’s problems, and halfway through the film I wanted to leave because I couldn’t see a purpose or direction in this story. All of the characters have their own problems too that have nothing to do with one another and everyone feels disconnected which ultimately left me feeling disconnected to the whole production. Don’t get me wrong, the ending wraps everything up in a nice bow and the music is fun, but I have no desire to watch this movie again. Co-starring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Jennifer Saunders, Nick Kroll, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson, Beck Bennett, Nick Offerman, and Tori Kelly.
5/10 Stars – The beautiful animation and music couldn’t prevent me from the stress and disconnect I felt watching this movie.