Baby koalas are so cute. Especially when it’s a
bright-eyed and bushy tailed 6-year-old who falls in love with the magic of
theatre. But when Buster Moon grows up, he can’t keep his father’s theatre
running after a series of flop shows. The bank’s about to close in and take
A desperate but still spirited Buster Moon believes he
can still pull it off with a new show to find the best musical talent in town.
What’s new? drawls his financier who can’t fund him
But Moon auditions an assortment of animals whose
talent has been neglected. Rosita the pig mother who cooks, cleans and washes
clothes for hubby and a string of kids with nobody noticing what a lovely voice
she has. Ash the singing porcupine whose boyfriend has been forever putting her
down. Johnny the gorilla who’d rather sing than be a robber which is the family
business. Meena, the shy elephant who can’t open her trunk, sorry her mouth.
Meanwhile, Moon’s ageing assistant Miss Crawly has
messed up bigtime on the prize money. With a bank manager ready to grab the
theatre, gangsters after a dodgy but musical mouse, Johnny’s dad breaking out
of jail and the cops on his trail, directors Christophe Lourdelet and Garth
Jennings ensure that there’s never a dull moment. But can Moon stage the mother
of all shows?
The never-give-up message and the latent talent in
ordinary people that seeks an opportunity to surface, run to a prescribed
format. The personal track of every animal also reads to a familiar script.
Yet there’s warmth in this 3D film. And animals and
music with kids in the audience, do make a great combination.
The delightfully professional voices of Matthew McConaughey,
Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson further enrich the
For a neat treat for the little ones, Sing gets a 2.5* rating.
Bharathi S Pradhan
Columnist, Critic & Author