Sing - 3 Stars
This animated film, which lacks in story, is musically fun, very long, but still one I’m sure families will love.
A koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.
The script by Garth Jennings isn’t strong, it doesn’t have a good plot (even for a kids film). However, it delivers an important message about persistence in a relatable way to children. The characters are diverse and some “silly” characters are thrown in to entertain some of the younger children. The 2hr runtime certainly made younger members of the audience bored in the premiere screening and I think it needs to be targeted at a 6+ age group, or about 20-30 minutes of film needs to be cut. Either way a 3 year old isn’t going to sit through this quietly.
The star-studded cast all prove their vocal talents and its great to hear people like Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane sing. While none of the cast’s voices are exceptional, all of them can easily pass for singing animals.
Overall Sing is a fun movie, which is entertaining and has great voice performances, but offers nothing new. The music is wonderful, but the film is a little long - especially given its target audience.
Sing is in cinemas Boxing Day.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment