Can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch a dazzling stage extravaganza in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch — he has to find and persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them. What begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success soon becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
“Dream big dreams. That’s what they always said, right?”
I do not know if you have heard, but the last couple years have been hard on a lot of people. So when a movie comes out that is just pure joy and fun, it is hard to not be sucked in and enjoy it. Sing 2 is the sequel, to you guessed it Sing, and expands on the universe they created with Buster and company. This is brought to us by Illumination Animation, which I say with each passing movie, is really starting to create a reputation for themselves in the Animation game.
Now, the first Sing was my Niece’s favorite movie for awhile, so we watched it over and over, which created a lot of hype for this one. Well I left the theater with a smile and my wife saying she loved it, soooooooo I would call that a big win. Let’s get to the ratings shall we?
Animation – A-
Such a great look to this movie. The Illumination style is big and bold and full of massive colors, but something about their characters are endearing. I think it’s that they feel real, without trying to imitate human beings. Some of the Disney, or Pixar stuff can almost look too real and it loses the point of animation. But this is creative and exciting and keeps you engaged the whole time.
Voice Cast – A
Sure we get everyone back from the first like Taron Egerton, Matthew McConaughey, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, and they even added Bono, Halsey, and Eric Andre, Pharrell Williams, Nick Offerman, Bobby Cannavale and numerous other big names. But I really want to highlight Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson because these are two of the most beautiful women on the planet, they can basically do any movie they want in any genre, and they can sing too (see what I did there)? My God, save some talent for the rest of us please!
Music – B+
The movie is literally built around the music, and it is good, but it is all just the best pop songs we have today. Hearing the incredible U2 song at the end is a thrill, and the original song they wrote was great as well. Other than that you will be bopping to every track that you hear on the radio (whats that) these days.
Story – C+
I thought the story was good enough to keep you engaged, and more importantly kids engaged for about an hour and 20 minutes. And then like the first movie they just give you a concert for the last 20 minutes. This time though it is a coordinated show, rather than the Talent show they gave us in the first one. But all the songs really pay off because you see how hard every character worked on them throughout the movie, and each one delivers. The final show is worth, the more or less cliche story leading up. However, I want to shout out the scene on the Bus to Redshore City because that is where you really feel that they are a small theater troupe just working to get better. It is a wonderful scene and is why we love these characters.
*A couple other tidbits
- As someone who loves Vegas, I thought they parodied it very well actually.
- I liked the message of positive reinforcement in this movie, that is something we all can use.
- Do Lions like paintball?
This movie was just a fun time in the theater, and I think kids are just going to adore this movie, like the original. If you can check it out in the theater it is definitely worth it, but if not check it out when it hits Peacock for sure.
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