Not long after The Secret Life of Pets was released, Illumination Entertainment was already beginning to promote their next animated film, Sing. I immediately took a liking to it (as I’m sure all who saw it did) as the premise and look of it promised to be a fun movie. After missing it in theaters sadly, I’m glad I was able to see it at home in 4K UHD with this release that families will find worth singing and shouting about.
The tale starts with an always optimistic koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) who owns a rundown theater and needs a new act to save it from being taken away from him, as well as making his claim to fame by finding and managing an amazing singer. After coming up with a plan to hold a singer audition contest and mistakenly offering $100,000 as the prize, Buster is soon flooded with people (or anthropomorphic animals in this case) who think they have what it takes to be his dream singer and take home the money. The characters Buster chooses are a porcupine named Ash (Scarlett Johansson) who is going through stereotypical teen angst, a gorilla named Johnny (Taron Egerton) who dreams of singing while helping his bank robbing father, a pig/housewife named Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) who tends to her massive horde of kids while longing to be a singer, a mouse named Mike (Seth MacFarlane) who sings like Frank Sinatra and can play the saxophone but is a bit of a con-artist with attitude, and lastly the extremely bashful and shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) who has a voice of gold but is too scared to share her gift.
While Sing does use its fair share of family movie cliches of “never giving up on your dreams” and such, it manages to use its story and cliches in a fun way that grabs your attention from the very start and never letting go until the film ends. Every character has a special something that makes you want to give them your unconditional love and support, which is what really drew me into the movie. It’s hard to describe, but you’ll understand what I mean after watching and experiencing the fun for yourself. When you do and if you’re able to, you’ll want to check it out in stunning 4K UHD. Thanks to the ultra detailed high definition and beautiful HDR colors, the visuals really pop off the screen, especially during the awesome singing and dancing numbers. The audio is also spot on as expected with a movie about singing, as every note and piece of dialogue comes through perfectly on your sound system.
After the curtain goes down, there’s plenty of behind the scenes features and even music videos to sing along with, but the biggest and best extras are the three brand-new shorts here. “Gunter Babysits”, “Love at First Sight” and “Eddie’s Life Coach” feature some of the characters getting into even more crazy situations. From Gunter trying to babysit Rosita’s twenty-five piglets, to Johnny helping an elderly lizard find love again, to Buster’s friend Eddie learning the ropes of life, each of these are fun and seem to end all too soon, but that’s how entertaining they are.
If you and your family love animated films and are looking for a feel-good fix, you can’t go wrong with Sing. Yes it’s predictable and filled with cliches, but it transcends those things somehow to become something more and one of the best films out there that will have you singing and dancing all the way to your movie collection.