Film review: Sing provides fun for all the family

Saffron Screen is showing an autism friendly version of Sing at 11am on Sunday, April 2

Saffron Screen is showing an autism friendly version of Sing at 11am on Sunday, April 2 - Credit: Archant

Sing is the latest animated feature from Illumination Entertainment, makers of Despicable Me and The Minions Movie.

This latest offering, directed by Brit Garth Jennings and featuring voice work from the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlet Johansson, follows Buster Moon (McConaughey) a likeable Koala who overseas a once grand but now failing theatre.

His plan to turn things around involves organising a singing competition for the city’s other animal residents.

I must admit, having seen the trailer, I was not wholly on board with this premise. Not being a huge fan of the never ending array of TV talent shows, the thought of sitting through a mawkish animated X-factor filled me with dread. However I was pleasantly surprised.

There is no Simon Cowell parody here. Sing uses the singing contest idea purely as a framework for a heartwarming tale based around the characters.

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From Taron Edgerton’s Gorilla with daddy issues, to Witherspoons overworked Mummy Pig, each character has their own unique story and as the main protagonist, Buster Moons infectious positivity adds a Muppets-esque charm to the whole affair.

Small children will love some of the more slapstick elements, with hapless receptionist Miss Crawley proving particularly popular, however parents need not fear, there is something here for everyone.

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By the time the grand moonlit finale arrives, it’s hard not to cheer on your favourite and sing along with the familiar tunes.

As McConaughey himself would say, this is “alright, alright, alright”.

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