Tuesday Review – Sing 2 (2021)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I hadn’t expected to enjoy Sing so it took me a while to get round to it. I think, in the end, it was only after I heard Taron Egerton singing ‘I’m Still Standing’ that I decided to watch it. I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn’t groundbreaking or outstanding but it was fun. Fun enough that I was interested in watching the sequel even before I knew Adam Buxton had a starring role as a Proboscis monkey dance instructor. But was that enough to make this film necessary?

Sing was one of those simple films that just managed to capture the audience’s attention. It had a great mix of charming animation, familiar voices and well-known songs. Meaning it was quickly picked up for a sequel. Did it need one? Not really. I mean the story had come to a conclusion, which meant that we were in danger of going over old ground again. What more did we need to say about these characters? Everyone who needed a confidence boost got one and everyone trying to prove themselves did.

Well, as with most animated sequels, it turns out there are more people to prove yourself to. This time, Buster Moon, the owner of the New Moon Theatre, is trying to get his group of talented misfits on an even larger stage. This time in the big city and under the watchful eye of media mogul, Jimmy Crystal. In order to get the show on the road, Buster lies to Jimmy and promises that an elusive former rock star is willing to appear. Can he organise the show, get his star and keep Jimmy happy?

So, it’s not exactly the same thing but it’s pretty damn close. Most of the original cast is back and there are a couple of fun new additions. Nobody really stands out this time though. The emotional journeys just don’t feel as strong the second time around. Least of all for Reese Witherspoon’s pig Rosita, who is still trying to prove that she’s more than just the mother of loads of piglets. It’s not that these characters aren’t still charming or fun. It’s just that they’re not given anything exciting to do. It’s that classic sequel thing where the silly side characters are given more screen time instead.

It’s not that this isn’t a decent enough film. The animation is great and I think there is a lot of fun to be had in watching the characters perform the songs. And it is an awesome soundtrack. The only problem is, this is clearly a sequel intended to keep the cash rolling in. As such, it lacks the heart and charm of its predecessor. It’s also not as cohesive or emotionally rewarding. It’s such a shame.

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