Sing Blu-ray Review
“Sing” could have been worse.
Illumination Entertainment (the studio behind “Despicable Me” and “Minions”) has created a new potential franchise with “Sing.” In this animated musical feature film, the story revolves around a broke failing theater owner (a Koala Bear named Buster Moon) who decides to put on a singing competition to try and save the theater. After holding tryouts, a group of hopefuls emerge that include a Gorilla (Johnny), a crooner mouse (Mike), a rocking Porcupine (Ash), two pigs (Rosita and Gunter), and perhaps a shy elephant (Meena). Unfortunately, these dreamers get more than they bargained for as Buster’s plans go up in flames.
After seeing the horrendous ads for “Sing,” I fully admit that I dreaded watching “Sing.” To me, it looked like a reality/competition series ala “American idol” as an animated-musical movie. After seeing it, that is still pretty much what it is, but it’s not quite as bad as it looked. Don’t get me wrong, “Sing” is just barely watchable. The film shamelessly recycles hit pop and rock songs by the likes of The Beatles, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, the all too familiar and predictable story is essentially on auto-pilot from start to finish, the original songs (which were likely just included for Academy Awards consideration) are annoying, and the humor never works (see the farting character and the frankly racist Japanese red pandas for reference). There’s not an ounce of originality here and that’s a problem.
The lone highlight of the film is the troublemaker crooner mouse Mike voiced by Seth MacFarlane. The wise alec character feels very much like a MacFarlane creation and is so far above anything else featured in this movie.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? An expectedly sharp and colorful transfer.
Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Given that this is an audio driven film, this track has to do a lot of heavy lifting and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. It will put your speakers to work.
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Universal trailers.
* Tori Kelly’s “Don’t You Worry About A Thing” as well as a making of the video.
* Lyric videos for “Faith” and “Set It All Free.”
* “The Best Of Gunter”- A collection of clips of the character from the movie.
* A music video for “Faith.”
* “Sing And Dance- Faith”- Choreographed dances for the song “Faith.”
* “The Sing Network”- 5 in universe ads (if you want to call them that).
* Matthew McConaughey (Buster), Reese Witherspoon (Rosita), Tori Kelly (Meena), Taron Edgerton (Johnny), Nick Kroll (Gunter) and Garth Jennings (Miss Crawly) talk about their characters.
* “The Making of Sing” contains interviews, film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, etc.
* “Finding The Rhythm: Editing Sing”- Speaks for itself.
* 3 “Sing” mini-movies titled “Gunter Babysits,” “Love At First Sight,” (about Miss Crawley) and “Eddie’s Life Coach.” A making of the mini-movies is also included.
Overall Thoughts: I’m sure many kids will adore “Sing,” but parents should steer clear of it.
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