Sing 2 (2021)
Next holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by legendary music icon Bono, making his animated film debut—to join them.
Buster (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) and his cast have turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.
But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother pig Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, porcine provocateur extraordinaire Gunter (Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by a ruthless mogul wolf named Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).
In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife and hasn’t been seen since.
As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage. What begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and features, in addition to Bono’s and Cannavale’s roles, new characters played by music superstars Pharrell Williams and Halsey, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, and comedians Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti.
The film is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and by Janet Healy. Sing 2 combines dozens of classic rock and pop hit songs, electrifying performances, breathtaking artistry, and Illumination’s signature humor and heart into the definitive feel-good cinematic event of next year.
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Sing 2 Theatrical Review
Five years ago, Universal Pictures, in conjunction with Illumination, made up some adorable animals and threw them together in a singing competition. If that wasn’t reason enough to go to the movies, the animated creatures were voiced by Award-winning actors such as Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde), Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), etc. This month the movie we didn’t know we needed has made its way to theaters just in time for the Holiday movie rush. Sing 2 takes the group to the next level of fame and they rise to the occasion beautifully.
Moon Theater is thriving after being restored by Buster (McConaughey) and his talented friends. They put on production after production to packed houses and great applause. However, Buster knows they can’t stay there forever so he looks to create the next step in their evolution. That plan includes auditioning for Mr. Crystal (Bobby Cannavale; Ant-Man) who owns a hotel and theater in Las Vegas. However, Buster’s plan gets sidetracked once Crystal’s assistant comes to see their show and deems them too “amateurish” to work for Mr. Crystal. Undeterred, Buster and the gang head to Vegas, sneak their way into an audition, and almost get kicked out until Gunter (Nick Kroll; Adult Beginners) mentions his idea of a show from outer space which Mr. Crystal loves.
This all-star cast returns from the original film with a few well-placed additions including musicians Halsey and U2’s frontman, Bono. The former plays Crystal’s spoiled daughter who is vocally incredible but can’t act and the latter portrays an elder statesman of rock music, Clay Calloway, who hasn’t played live or created new music since his wife died years ago. Together they offer their “spin” on several chart-topping hits and U2 performs an original tune called Your Song Saved My Life.
As is to be expected with an Illumination’s movie the animation is excellent. Sharp lines throughout the film, minute details incorporated at every turn, and vibrant colors are a trademark of the company, and Sing 2 delivers a solid product. The fur on Mr. Crystal, Clay Calloway, and Buster Moon very deliberately moves and it is obvious that time and care were painstakingly given to each character’s design. The set designs for the big show are outstanding and the audience can tell the animators took a lot of time ensuring the sets and costumes for Gunter’s Outer Space Musical are practically perfect.
The plot, unfortunately, isn’t as good as the first film but that is very common among movie sequels. The original Sing was so widely loved that writer/producer/director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), who also plays the role of Buster’s assistant in both movies -the sarcastic Mrs. Crawly- had an incredible task of making Sing 2 bigger and better than the first film. For his endeavors, he has some hits and some misses.
The concept of the musical in space was somewhat funny and enjoyable while the subplots for most of the characters seemed kind of thrown together hastily, which didn’t add much depth to most of the story (except for Clay Calloway). Obviously, the singing is amazing with Witherspoon, Johansson, and Egerton holding their own with powerhouses Tori Kelly and Halsey.
As we roll into the big holiday weekend, families with young children will definitely and absolutely should take their kids to see Sing 2. A fun, whimsical, animated follow-up to the original, it will have you and your kids dancing in your seats! And, let’s face it, it certainly isn’t the worst way to spend a holiday afternoon.
-- Allison Rose
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