Film Review: SING starring Scarlett Johansson (out 27 January 2017)

Sing is the upcoming animation comedy brought to you by Illumination Studios, the makers of Despicable Me and Minions, out in UK cinemas on 27 January. Read my review below without spoilers. Sing is the animation to beat in 2017. Really uplifting and cheerful. Everybody loved it, from very young children to mums and dads. Take a look at the vlog (video blog) child reporters from the London Mums' Kids Club prepared with their first impressions of the film.   sing film buster character koala london mums magazine

The story

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly star in a musical comedy about finding the shining star that lives inside all of us. film-sing-scarlett-johansson Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. Featuring more than 85 hit songs, Sing is written and directed by Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy. Sing is released by Universal Pictures.  

Trailers and featurettes


The Verdict

Sing is the animation to beat in 2017. Once again after the Despicable me films (Despicable Me 3 will be released in the Summer of 2017), Minions and the Secret Life of Pets, Illumination has not disappointed London Mums and has come up with another memorable animation for the whole family to enjoy. film-sing-pig Sing is a movie that both children and adults will enjoy at different levels. The music will appeal to all as it spans various decades. The singing is top class and upbeat. I cannot truly find a single negative critique about this film. Sing is one of those movies that we will watch as a family again and again without getting tired of it. Kids like the quirky animals (like the iguana secretary) and the hilarious gags. Adults will appreciate the entertaining musical gigs. Despite resembling Zootropolis (which was London Mums' favourite animation in 2016), Sing isn't as original and inventive as the Disney flick. However the songs and the quick rhythm of the music totally make up for the lack of originality. Its beauty is in its energy, good music, great characters, excellent acting (voices) and a lovely simple story.  

London mums' rating: 10/10 London mums' kids club rating: 10/10

The kids' vlog

Take a look at London Mums' child reporters honestly telling what they think of Sing: SING RELEASES IN UK CINEMAS ON FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2017. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums