For weeks now my children have been begging to see Sing. On Christmas Eve we acquiesced and took the children to the theater (for those keeping track – this was my fifth trip to the theater over break:).
I judge kids movies with a simple barometer – I listen to the laughter. A strong kids’ movie registers laughter from both the adults and the kids. And though there were funny scenes throughout the film, this movie was heavier on the kid laughter than the adult laughter. Don’t get me wrong, it is an entertaining movie. Personally, I felt that it was a little long on exposition and character development, but the characters are pretty fun and the situation is dramatic.
If you can imagine a scenario where animals (big and small) are assembled in an American Idol like fashion, but the kicker is that the organizer of the show is as desperate for the success of the show as the participants – then you will have the movie Sing. The animals come from every walk of life, and, in a similar style of many reality television shows, you get the backstory of each character and what is propelling them to compete in the show. Spoiler (not really) alert – it winds up being much more than the prize money that is offered.
Overall, Sing is a cute movie with a number of fun scenes for both kids and adults. There are compelling themes and lessons and plenty of comic relief for all. The cast is pretty big and talented and includes the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, and Scarlett Johansson.
But don’t take my word for it. Want to see some of the assembled talent? Check out the audition pieces here. And if you feel moved to (and in the last part of the movie you probably will feel so), Sing along.