Sing ★★★☆☆

Illumination Studios, the studio that made DESPICABLE ME and THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, is starting to step up it’s game with their new film SING. Set in a world of animals, Buster (a koala voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a theater owner who is struggling to keep his theater open. He gets the idea to have a singing competition in order to try and save his theater and return it to its former glory. Many animals enter because they are mistakenly offered a chance to win $100000. Only a few are chosen and hilarity ensues.

While the singing and the visuals are great, one of the big issues with the film is that they try to inject too many characters into the plot. As a result, most of the main characters are forgetful, except for the pig, Gunter, voiced by Nick Kroll. It’s the side characters that are more interesting like Buster’s secretary (a chameleon with a glass eye) and these five Japanese dogs. One wonders if children, whom this film is geared for can keep with the almost two hour long menagerie of characters. The film did manage to make me laugh a few times and the last 20 minutes does tug at the heartstrings a little. It is definitely better than The Secret Life of Pets and Minions.

– Word by Russell Boaz

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