I was lucky enough to attend one of the "Sing Saturday" screenings of this film, so I got to see it about a month before its general release. I was definitely excited for this film, because I generally like the Illumination films, but I found myself even more impressed than I thought I would.
The story of this film is really great. There is a lot of subtle, but effective social commentary worked in to the film. The film has a lot to say about the entertainment industry and social mobility. It's a really well-written story with a really great message. Also impressive is that the main characters in the film are all extremely well-developed. There is a good balance between the stories of the characters, not an overwhelming focus on one. My favorite character was Mike, voiced by Seth McFarlane. His character would have been easy to screw up and make into a totally unsympathetic character, but the film succeeds in making him one of the best, most relatable characters in the film. That truly impressed me. There is a lot of great comedy in the film, and for the most part, it avoids the really immature types of humor. I think that this film will please children and adults alike.
The voice acting in the film was absolutely amazing, too. Matthew McConaughey was really good as the main protagonist of the film. He brought quite a bit of emotion to the role, but also brought great humor, too. Seth McFarlane was obviously great, with a very good singing voice and great comedic delivery. I can't tell if Taron Egerton sang his parts or if they were the actual recording, but his delivery of the spoken lines were great. John C. Reilly also adds a lot of humor to the film, as expected. All of the rest of the voice cast is also great, but I can only mention the ones that stood out far above the greatness.
The film is also extremely well-made as a whole. The way that they introduced the different characters, with a series of sweeping pans between their locations, was really great. There were some great "camera" movements used in the film to show emotion. I also loved the editing of the film. The audition montage, partially shown in the trailer, was absolutely great when it was extended. there were seamless cuts between the many songs that compiled the sequence.
So overall, I really loved "Sing". I thought that it was a relatively fresh, funny, and well-written animated film. I may even see it again after its general release, because it is my favorite movie of the year so far. I highly recommend it when it is released.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at an advance screening.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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