“Sing” Review

22 January, 2017

Directors: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings
Screenwriter: Garth Jennings
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson

Synopsis: A theatre director struggling to keep his business afloat decides to put together a singing competition. Hoping to win $100,000, dozens of contestants head to the theatre unaware of the director’s true intentions and his lack of prize money.

Sing Review:

Yet another slap in the face from Illumination Entertainment who still ardently refuse to make content that’s even remotely entertaining for adults, “Sing” is like a shot-for-shot rendition of its exasperating promotional materials, beginning with a snipped collection of pop songs before swiftly moving onto its audition process, barely leaving room to catch a breath as it transitions into a walloping musical montage.

Instead of easing us into the story gently, the studio behind the equally dire “Minions” and “The Secret Life of Pets” begins to rely heavily on convention and sight gags as the film’s juvenile sensibility shrouds its true potential, plastering scenes in buckets of colour and noise and allowing the movie to take shape in a rather garish fashion. Like a primary school alternative to Richard Linklater’s “School of Rock,” the film shows the ups and downs of being a performer but, just like the kind of mindless talent show it presents, “Sing” becomes a forgettable form of entertainment with very little to offer outside of its failed jokes.

While the five-year-olds in the crowd will adore the endless noise and hyperactivity that “Sing” so fervently relies on, the film is void of the neatness and storytelling skill required to mollify older viewers as its mismatched and unrealistic scenarios begin to take shape in a randomised format, like a DJ searching for a track amongst an endless compilation of recent chart hits. It’s worth a quick look-in for colourful squid formations, a ditzy one-eyed iguana, and a Wilhelm-screaming snail; all of which are admittedly minuscule pleasures within a rather laborious success story.



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