Sing

 
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Release date: Sept. 11, 2016

Directed by: Garth Jennings

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly

Budget: $75 million

Box office: $634.2 million

 

Humanoid animals enter a singing competition. 

Sing is an average film, giving audiences a city similar to Los Angeles full of anthropomorphic animals, giving many of them individual stories and characters and depicting them entering a half-baked singing competition. The resulting story is bland, failing to execute what would be an interesting concept for a television cartoon and using popular pop songs as filler. Few of them drive the story in any way and their in-universe inclusion begs the question as to who originally sang these songs within this world. This is an idea which becomes rather distracting since there are so many songs scattered throughout the film.

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The film does give all its principal characters a story, whether it’s being the overburdened housewife or the son of criminals with a dream. However, few of these stories receive satisfying conclusions. Only two of them seem natural and most of the others appear lazily written, such as Johnny’s, where the dynamic between him and his criminal father and compatriots are barely explored for the outcome it’s looking to give the audience. The film feels bloated focusing on all the characters and their stories and could have benefitted with deciding to put less of them as the center of attention.

Still, the actors give consistently good performances. Though it may be an odd role for him, McConaughey delivers the most believable portrayal in the film acting as the theater manager trying to save his theater with one good show. During the course of the story, his character has all sorts of experiences and McConaughey gives good emotion for all of them. Yet, many of other actors act like they’d rather be anywhere else. Likewise Witherspoon presents a depiction that is concurrent with her character’s development where the audience sees an exhausted and longsuffering housewife exert herself to capture moments she left behind long ago.

It’s definitely not an exceptional film, but it is a decent way to kill two hours on a weeknight.

Awards

Won

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Hollywood Music in Media Awards

  • Outstanding Music Supervision - Film

Nominated

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Annie Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature Production

Behind the Voice Actors Awards

  • Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film (Matthew McConaughey, as the voice of “Buster Moon”)

  • Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film (Reese Witherspoon, as the voice of “Rosita”)

  • Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (Garth Jennings, as the voice of “Miss Crawly”)

  • Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Saunders, as the voice of “Nana”)

  • Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (Rhea Perlman as the voice of “Judith”)

British Academy Children’s Awards

  • Feature Film

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Original Song - Motion Picture (For the song: “Faith”)

  • Best Motion Picture - Animated

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Music

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

  • Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Over 25 Million Dollars

Hollywood Music in Media Awards

  • Best Original Song - Animated Film (for the song “Faith”)

  • Best Soundtrack Album

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Animated Movie

  • Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie (Reese Witherspoon)

  • Most Wanted Pet (Reese Witherspoon)

  • Favorite Soundtrack

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film

North Texas Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Music, Adapted Song (For the song “Hallelujah”)

People’s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Year End Blockbuster

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie Actress: Comedy (Tori Kelly)