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SING is the fifth film from Illumination pictures since its successful film Despicable Me. With an all star cast, a fun group of characters, and a bright colorful animation, This film had much potential. But perhaps this film had a little too much style and not enough substance.
A beautiful old theater is owned by a middle aged koala named Buster Moon (Mathew McConahey). There was a time when the theater put on regular successful shows. However since Buster took over the Theater, all of the shows have not been successful. Now with the Theater weeks from shutting down for good, buster decides to put on one last show, a singing competition in which the winner will will win $1000. After an accident, it is advertised that the winner will receive $100,000. Now everyone in town wants a shot at that money including a Pig who is a stay at home mom, a shy elephant, a scheming mouse, an ape with a criminal past, a teenage punk rock porcupine and many others. Now all of these characters are competing for the prize and a chance to be seen, while Buster must find a way to keep the theater from closing.
This film is great for kids, I watched this film in a theater filled with children and I heard nothing but laughter. The animation is bright and colorful, the character all have a clear motivation behind their actions. The songs are all fun, a jukebox like collection ranging from current pop songs by such artists as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift with a surprise nod to classics like The Beatles. Another interesting thing is while the central story is about Buster Moon, the film does take time to focus on all the characters participating in the concert. The film does a nice job explaining why each person wants to be in the show and takes time to develop their characters. My only complaint with this choice however is that we have seen these characters before, they were all tropes that many films have done before. As a result of this, I never felt excitement during the major plot moments of the film because I knew they were going to happen. That being said, while the story was predictable, many of the jokes actually worked and a few took me by surprise. While I was bored by the story I was not bored by the jokes which resulted in the movie being enjoyable and gave it a certain charm that Illumination Pictures seems to have down.
Illumination is still a fresh company and I believe that they have the potential to make great films, and from their list of films so far, this is not the worst. A child will have a good time seeing this film and parents will not be bored. Are there much better films to show children, definitely, but if you have an afternoon to kill or your children want to go, there is no reason to skip it. I give SING 3 out of 5 stars