sing (the movie) review

by lucypowell

Picture this, a round belly cartoon pig in a shiny gold jumpsuit singing the 80s pop song “Venus” while eccentrically dancing around a stage. And to top it all off it is the voice of Nick Kroll, with a German accent, obviously. 

This past weekend, I finally took my roommates’ advice and decided to indulge in the new musical movies Sing and Sing 2. And holy cow, these movies were truly spectacular. Sing would probably be best described as a children’s animation about singing animals. Personally, I would describe this movie as Glee but with a variety of cartoon animals and no Lea Michelle (too busy trying to read the “Funny Girl” script). In all seriousness though, it was the first movie in a long time that made me say “WOAH”. In order to not spoil these movies for you, cause I assume you will immediately be watching them once you finish reading this article, I will try to refrain from sharing much detail on the plot but focus more on the musical aspect.

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Before I go into a detailed list of my favorite songs from the movie, I just want to preface that the cast for this movie was out of this world amazing. We had actors like Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Garth Jennings, Tori Kelly, NICK KROLL, Seth MacFarlane, Jennifer Hudson, and so many others. I had no clue that some of these celebrities could actually sing really well. 

One of my favorite songs from the entire movie definitely had to be “Shake It Off”, which was sung by Reese Witherspoon and Nick Krolls’ characters. Normally, this is one of those Taylor Swift songs that make me ashamed to call myself a Swifty, but these two just gave the song a whole new meaning, all while wearing sexy midnight sky latex outfits.

Another song that had me questioning myself, was “I Did It My Way”, which is sung by Seth MacFarlane’s character, a tiny white mouse. I hated this character. But I really like this performance and genuinely thought they just used Frank Sinatra’s voice during the singing bits. But after a simple google search I realized my assumptions were wrong. It’s smooth and jazzy, but also so emotional and humorous. 

These last two songs are 1000% the best songs in the Sing franchise. The first being “I Say A Little Prayer.” I’m a Gleek through and through, enough said. And the last one is “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” sung by Scarlett Johansson and Bono. Yes, Bono. This last number gave me flashbacks to when that one U2 album was downloaded onto everyone’s apple music back in 2014. I remember putting my music on shuffle and having a punk rock song of theirs intertwined with my Disney and High School Musical songs. Outstanding. The performance brought tears streaming down my face! 

I encourage everyone to halt their studying in order to watch these movies. I feel my life has been changed and be prepared for me to request these songs if you’re on aux. 

Categories: ben bieri, lucy powell, review, september 13, vol 26

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