During February half term, we have been lucky enough to see not one, but two family movies. The first of which was “Sing”. This was by far my favourite of the two and the one I was looking forward to the most.
It is not really a secret, that I love the X Factor and have watched it ever since the first series. Many other similar competitions have come and gone, but they never really grab me. Truth be told, I know it can be a bit rubbish and it takes a lot of flack from many people who watch (or don’t as the case may be). That doesn’t change the fact I enjoy it and will probably continue to watch it for as long as it remains on TV. So in November/Decemeber, when trailers started to appear for Sing, I thought it looked like an animated version of X Factor and truthfully I wasn’t that wrong.
The basic plot line is about a theatre, owned by a koala called Buster Moon. Over the years he’s been fairly unsuccessful with his endeavors, until he decides to host a singing competition and offer a reward of $100,000 (this was accidental, it should have been $1,000). There are huge amounts of talent that apply, but plenty of ridiculous acts too. There is a funny montage of auditions which reminds me very much of reality shows or even the scene in Pitch Perfect. Anyway a few acts are sort listed and these will be the main contestants of the show.
There are several side plots – each of the contestants have a home life or another story running alongside the main one. There is of course the discovery of the prize money being less than stated, the theatre struggling with money and even the whole thing coming unraveled. But of course there is a happy ending and I’m not ashamed to say I cried. I cried a lot actually. Overall the general plot was a bit predictable but the side plots at least gave some twists. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and would recommend it to everyone who at least has a tolerance for talent shows with a sense of humour.