This movie is going to be huge. I can feel it.
I wasn’t even going to watch it, sensing it would just be another children’s film about talking animals, but it was far and away the best-reviewed wide release this week. Plus, frankly, I needed the positivity. So, I found a way.
Sing is about Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a koala bear who will lose his theater if he doesn’t pay the bank. He decides to have a singing competition, and tons of people show up—mostly because his dim secretary, pictured above, accidentally sets the prize money at $100,000.
A few of the contestants—a shy elephant, an overworked housewife, a gangster rat, and a gorilla son of a criminal—get real arcs, and so you get a feel for who might succeed. To my surprise, though, it didn’t actually play out like I thought, and the filmmakers should be given real credit for that. This film, especially for a children’s movie, did a great job of keeping me on my toes, always anticipating what might come next.
Well before the ending rolled around, I was sold. This being a film about a singing competition, there were some truly magnificent numbers, and they weren’t even limited to the final act. Jennifer Hudson covers The Beatles at the beginning—oh my goodness. I was tapping my toes and smiling from ear-to-ear, which many movies just don’t get from me.
The animation, too, was absolutely stellar. It might not have been as wholly original as Zootopia, for example, placing animals in a distinctly human world, but it was so well done that I didn’t care. Watch for a flood scene before the third act, and you’ll see what I mean.
Like I said, I wasn’t planning on watching this film. It’s a busy Hollywood season, after all, packed with far more enticing movies for a grown-up crowd. I could not have been more surprised, though, and in the best possible way. This is a truly entertaining film, maybe the most enjoyable of the year. It’ll make you want to sing along.
Sing is in theaters now.
Ms. Crawley reminds me of Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway.