I entered the cinema expecting an animated musical film that used Popular Music as leverage to get people to enjoy the film. A full hour and 48 minutes later, I was happy not just that it shattered my expectations, but because of everything about the movie. Illumination Entertainment’s Sing will get you to appreciate music for how it soothes the soul, no matter what genre you play at whatever volume.
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It made me twice as happy to know that the music and genres used spanned generations and classes. There was a bit of The Gypsy Kings, Pavarotti, Katy Perry, John Legend, and yes, even Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. It seemed like Illumination Entertainment went out of its way to be sure you stop and sing throughout the film as much as you can.
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The actors were just as diverse as the music and the respective anthropomorphic animals they played, though some were stuck in their character types. Matthew McConaughey plays the wide-eyed dreaming hyperoptimistic Koala Buster Moon, and Reese Witherspoon plays Rosita, a middle-aged sow with a routine-driven husband and 25 little piglets. Scarlet Johansson plays angsty teenage porcupine Ash, whereas John C. Reilly plays Moon’s enabling best friend, Eddie the sheep. And then, there’s the obnoxious, self-centered Mike the mouse, played naturally and perfectly by Seth McFarlane. He’s not exactly the villain, but there’s a guy you love to hate.
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Of course, being from the same studio that brought us the likes of Despicable Me and the Minions, the tongue-in-cheek humor is combined with allusions and references from start to finish. Don’t look now, but Ash even had her own Marty McFly Johnny B. Goode moment.
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