Review of 'Sing 2'

sing2.jpg Sometime after the events of Sing theatre owner Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) and his group of talented stars is experiencing amazing success with local audiences however Buster is disappointed when talent scout Suki (voiced by Chelsea Peretti) tells him his show would never make it in Redshore City. Buster and his friends from the show travel to visit theatre mogul Jimmy Crystal (voiced by Bobby Cannavale) in Redstone City. Crystal is uninterested in their show but Gunter (voiced by Nick Kroll) successfully pitches a space spectacular featuring rock legend Clay Calloway (voiced by, yes, Bono) who has not been seen in many years. Crystal approves the new show as long as it is up and running in three weeks. As the group prepare to stage the new show and convince the traumatised Clay to join the pressure mounts…

Yeah, no where near as good as the first film perhaps because it is not fresh any more. What was enjoyed in the first was a simple story with some amazing vocal performances. Here the pace is dialled up to 11 and the character's pettiness comes to the fore which is tiresome and a bit tedious. There is the baddie in the form of Crystal that the foes must vanquish but it is not so simple as it is a foe of their own making so while there is anxiety as to whether they will rise to meet the challenge, painting Crystal as an out and out bad guy seems a trifle hypocritical. Yes, there are still some amazing vocal (and visual) numbers but the innocence and simplicity of the first film is tragically lost. On the humour side, there is still some of that but on the whole this is a much more serious, and stressful, affair and at almost 2 hours long it seems to go on forever.

There is way too much going on here and the film suffers for it. Bring back the simplicity of the first film!

Rating: “A bit better than average”

Review Date: 2022-12-11

Directed by: Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet

Studio: Universal Pictures

Year: 2021

Length: 110 minutes

Genre: Animation

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