Do you like to sing? Can you be found using the TV remote as a microphone? Have you publically done karaoke? Do you like good music? Do you need a laugh and a lift? â€œSingâ€ is a great movie, for the whole family, or to just go to with friends. We invited a couple of friends who were having a bad day, and it helped them get a lot better.Â
Â â€œSingâ€ is a story about dreams and how they can come true. It is an animated musical where a variety of animals fill the silver screen with both their personal struggles and their passion to perform. The main character is Buster Moon, a short koala bear, voiced by Matthew McConaughey, who desires to manage a hit in a theater he bought. He struggles to please his passed away father, and after a series of theatrical disappointments, organizes a singing competition to save his soon to be repossessed property.
Other voices involved Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, and Scarlett Johansson, among others. I donâ€™t really think of the actors or personalities doing the voices, because the cartoon characters were so darn cute!. No disrespect to the mega-stars, but even though I am old, my inner child still enjoys songs and choreography done by elephants, gorillas, mice, and pigs.
Backstage to each performer was their own ongoing personal struggles, a common one being the conflict between the family needs and values, and the inner desire to blaze their own trail.Â Dreams require time, effort, focus and often a conflict with those well-meaning parents or partners who donâ€™t share the vision. The film is a feel good movie that sounds even better. The music ranges from the Beatles of the â€˜70â€™s to some contemporary work that this old dog canâ€™t relate to it. Although I may not recognize the tunes, I enjoyed every performance. It was somewhat like a musical buffet, put on by a bunch of goofy, but lovable cartoon animals.Â
I personally enjoyed the movie, both as a music fan and as a retired talent show coordinator for the largest junior high school in Imperial Valley. I volunteered for the task for 20 years and it was great fun until my work plate became a platter. It takes great courage to get on stage, and overcoming fear was one of the themes that enable us to achieve things, that others canâ€™t relate to. Success is often helped with social support, but it is an individual achievement that enables one to get up in front of hundreds and risk social suicide.
I have fond memories of many very talented Calexico youth claiming their moment in the lights of SDSUâ€™s Rodney auditorium. It was a great experience for performers, fans and families. â€œSingâ€ may not take you back to your performing years, but it performs well the task of musical entertainment and comedy.