Sunday, 15 January 2017

Film No. 2 (2017) Sing January 11th.

Film No. 2 (2017) January 11th.  1.10 PM  FENWICK 3 Cimenas  Esperance.


"If you want to become stars and win a hundred grand then you'd better be prepared to work harder than you have ever worked in your lives (Buster Moon prepares his contestants for their once in a life-time opportunity).

2016 will be remembered as a year full of classy animated feature films. Finding Dory broke box office records and Moana is receiving accolades on the awards front. I've not seen either but from all reports they are deserving of their gongs. With this in mind I thought I'd make Sing a must see in my favourite Aussie rural cinema, Fenwick 3 Esperance, Western Australia. 

Sing does nothing new but it takes on a premise very prevalent in reality television over the last ten years, talented no-bodies becoming overnight stars, which make it surprising the theme hasn't been tackled previously.

Enter Buster Moon (voice of Matthew McConaughey) an optimistic koala who's enthusiasm to succeed as an entrepreneurial theatre owner/manager is infectious. We know our journey with Buster is going to be a roller coaster of a ride as he cranks up an I've Got Talent production. The talent includes Mike (Seth MacFarlane), the smart mouthed mouse, Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) a pig of the overworked house variety and Johnny (Taron Egerton) the cockney gorilla trying to make good. Their set pieces are all show stopping and win us over. Oh and I nearly forgot Miss Crawly, Buster's right-hand, an iguana with one glass eye. She is a stroke of genius.

Then there is the wonder of the animated effects. The sequences depicting Buster's theatre being refurbished then destroyed then refurbished again brings the inevitable happy ending together beautifully. As is often the case in films like Sing, the ideas used as the  movements and backdrops (animation) unfold around the characters is often underrated. Sing is highly entertaining with a smattering of new ideas.  8GUMS.         

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