ENTERTAINMENT: Animated Movie “Sing” Hits All The Right Notes

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By Maeve Rourke – Sports Editor

Buster Moon is going to have audiences across the country singing in the aisles.

“Sing” is an animated movie in which animals are living in a world similar to ours. Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Interstellar,” “The Wolf Of Wall Street”) is a charming koala who owns a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Due to his shortage of funds, Buster cannot afford to pay the theater’s bills or renovate the building which is falling apart. Now up against bankers threatening to repossess the property, Mr. Moon decides to save his beloved theater by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.  

This movie has experienced skepticism because it seems like another over-rated children’s movie that has no established plot. However, “Sing” has done very well and has drawn in adult audiences as well.

The movie contained great and entertaining music from well known artists such as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and Queen.

Despite the common notion the children’s movies have predictable plots, this movie was full of unpredictable twists. The movies keeps viewer of all ages on the edge of their seats, eager to see how the plot will play out.

The cast is also jam packed with well known actors that viewers can recognize almost instantly.

Scarlett Johansson (“The Avengers,” “Lucy,” “The Nanny Diaries”), Reese Witherspoon (‘Legally Blonde,” “Walk The Line”), Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls,” ), and Singer-Songwriter Tori Kelly (“Unbreakable Smile”) all have at least one musical number within the movie. These talented voice actors nailed their roles and added another level of humor  to this movie.

The actual characters of the movie were great as well. Each individual learned their own life lesson throughout, which added another element to the plot. The directors, Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings, set the movie in such a way that the audience is shown each characters’ background, and hardships they need to overcome. They also deliver these life lessons with humor so viewers of all ages can enjoy the hidden morals of the story. The way the character’s are developed is brilliant. All the characters’ personalities were lovable and unique, causing the audience to care about the characters and their stories.

This movie is a great family movie that everyone will enjoy. Its run time is about 108 minutes, which is perfect especially for children who may get restless in the theater. “Sing” has also done well in the box office. As of December 27th, 2016,  the movie has made a gross of over $147 million since its release on December 21.  

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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