‘Sing 2’ Movie Review: Songs And Aesthetics Help This Animated Musical Make Up For A Lackluster Tale
Sing two movie reviews: Garth Jennings’ animation musical hits all the right notes with superb music and animation, as well as solid performances from the voice cast, but the tale falls flat. ‘Four grins, three laughs, and just a chuckle…’ says a character in Garth Jennings’ animated musical Sing 2, describing a talent scout’s response to a presentation put on by the protagonists. It might easily be applied to this reviewer’s reaction to the film itself. Sing 2, the follow-up to the same director’s 2016 film Sing, is amusing at times and irritating at others. Fortunately, the film has a lot of beautiful graphics and dramatic music. Regardless, it just never justifies itself. Was there ever a need for a sequel to Sing? It deserved more than this if it did.
Sing 2 picks off just where the previous section left off. Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is producing musicals at his small-town theatre in the hopes of catching the attention of a significant talent scout from Redshore City, the world’s entertainment hub. After being denied his chance, Buster persuades his group to come to Redshore City to audition in front of Jimmy Crystal, the city’s foremost entertainment entrepreneur (Bobby Cannavale). The remainder of the film follows the company as they attempt to stage a vast space opera musical while trying to enlist the help of reclusive superstar Clay Calloway (Bono in a cameo appearance).
The characters were likable and, more significantly for a children’s film, designed to be charming. Buster Moon’s persistent attempts to keep his dream alive pull at your emotions. Reese Witherspoon’s portrayal as pig housewife Rosita among the voice actresses is undoubtedly the greatest. The animation is excellent. The animators had the opportunity to enthrall your audience with amazing images because of the presence of lavish sets in the film’s music. That is what they do. The pictures and music keep you interested, but they aren’t quite fascinating or awe-inspiring enough.
The film’s backbone is its music. Several pop-culture allusions range from Shakira and Adele’s songs to Clay Calloway’s music consisting entirely of Bono and U2 tunes. If nothing else, you’ll love Bono’s performance of they Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For from a duet with Scarlett Johansson, who plays the voice of a porcupine rocker guitarist. One of the film’s highlights is a duet between Scarlett Johansson and Bono.
Because the narrative is basic, children will love the film. However, it might seem a little too basic at times. It may seem counterintuitive to attempt to over-analyze what is fundamentally a children’s picture, yet children’s films have shown to be compelling in the past. From Shrek through Finding Nemo, animated films have often transcended their intended audience of children to appeal to adults. There’s a snag with this one. The characters’ intentions are somewhat dubious, and some of the interconnections and changes of heart leave you unconvinced.