I love movies and am the quickest to get on the phone and blast friends with recommendations. It’s impossible for me to not share my excitement. But when it comes to animation, let’s just say, I’m not that quick to recommend. Maybe it’s that having a four-year-old (without strict screen time guidelines—bad mom) means I know I’m going to watch most children’s movies over and over again. Or maybe it’s that the storylines sometimes lack drama, are predictable and ridiculously drawn out. Or maybe I just hadn’t seen the right one in a while…
Enter SING! I first watched it in the theatre with my daughter and her best friend and it’s the first time I didn’t want to run out before her. I was transfixed. The story was awesome! An optimistic koala named Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is a failing theatre promoter who hatches a plan for one last shot at saving his theatre. They are going to put on the biggest singing competition the world has ever seen. But when a few things go wrong the story takes you on a magical musical ride with the most endearingly adorable characters. From Rosita (Reese Witherspoon), an overworked mother with 25 piglets to look after, to Johnny (Taron Egerton), the reluctant gangster gorilla, you’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite.
With a soundtrack that includes everyone from Elton John and Stevie Wonder to Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly, you will be singing along almost instantly (and humming for days and days after).
In celebration of the Blu-ray release, my daughter and I snuggled up for a movie night, but it wasn’t long before an impromptu dance party started. We love Tori Kelly’s version of “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and of course, anything that Gunter (Nick Kroll) does.
We live for this movie so much that we even watched the bonus features—who does that? From the character profiles to SING’s True Entertaining Stories with highlights on what the stars are doing now, we were howling with laughter and dancing the night away.
If you haven’t seen SING, do yourself and your family a favour and pick up a copy. It’s full of excitement, drama, laughs and good music—exactly what a good movie should be.