Movie Review – Sing (2017)

Directed by Christophe Lourdelet & Garth Jennings
Courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 21, 2017

I have to confess: I didn’t have high expectations prior to watching SING. I thought, “Oh yay…another film about a singing contest.” With numerous such movies like PITCH PERFECT and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, along with TV shows like GLEE, I figured this was yet another attempt to exploit a saturated market. But my wife and son saw SING in the theater, and they liked it…so I figured I might as well give it a look.

Oh man…am I glad I did!!

SING is nothing like any of those other titles I mentioned, and that is definitely a good thing. Despite its simplistic plot, the film is a look at the complexities involved with a group of (nonhuman) characters who are trying to put aside the rigors of their normal lives and fulfill a dream. And if you think you’ve seen movies like this before, you’re in for a real treat: SING blows them all out of the water.

If you are not familiar with SING, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment:

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Illumination Entertainment’s SING stars Buster Moon (Academy Award Winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-great theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

A big part of what makes this film so entertaining is, well, the singing. This might sound overtly obvious, but the talented, big-name cast members do a fantastic job performing their songs. The result is a comedic and toe-tapping foray into fun.

SING looks amazing onscreen, thanks to the 4K Ultra Hd. The colors are vivid and vibrant, and they blast off the screen. Similarly, the Dolby Atmos configured soundtrack is superb. The ambient sound is crisp, and the songs blaze through the speakers as if you were standing right there in front of the singers. I highly recommend watching this in 4K if at all possible.

The acting is excellent, with the whole cast doing an outstanding job, both with their roles and their singing. Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson shine as Rosita and Ash, while Seth MacFarlane shows his talented range as the mouse, Mike. Brit Taron Egerton even does a fine job as Johnny, the gorilla. Matthew McConaughey doesn’t sing, but he’s top-notch and very funny as Buster. But Tori Kelly steals the show as Meena, the shy elephant with a huge voice.

The laughs are bountiful and the music is enchanting in SING, a fantastic movie the whole family will enjoy. I highly recommend SING, and I suggest checking it out in 4K Ultra HD, if possible. But regardless of what format you choose, give this one a look (and listen) for sure. SING hits store shelves next week.


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