Sing

For parents around the world, there would have to be two questions that come to mind before attending Sing. Do we really need another film about a world inhabited by animals and another film about a singing competition?

The answer to both questions was a surprise for this parent and for those who will attend this film with young children: you better believe it.

Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) has been in love with the theatre since his father took him to see his first stage production as a child. As an adult, he aspires to and eventually owns the Moon Theatre, but even with his eternal optimism and love for this grand old auditorium, he cannot force people to come to his productions and he may have to close the doors. In a final act of desperation and inspiration, the keen koala decides that a singing competition is the answer to his problems. Skepticism is the reaction from most of his friends, but once the word gets out on the streets about the contest, citizens from all over the city come to audition. After the talent search concludes, the motivated marsupial feels he has the talent to bring in the audience, but now he must figure out how to keep the theatre open long enough for his contestants to share their talents with the world.

From the studios that delivered Despicable Me and The Minions into our theatres and our homes comes the latest soundtrack to be on auto-repeat in the minivans of the world. The storyline is familiar, the animation is above average and the songs are all well-known, but this combination manages to raise the roof. The singing talents of Reese Witherspoon, Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are a welcomed surprise to this musical outing. The mix of these inspirational character stories, relatable personalities and well performed musical numbers makes this an ideal experience for families everywhere.

This was made evident by the multitude of children dancing in the aisles of the screening during the musical numbers. Normally this would be considered irritating and cause a certain amount of judgement of parental skills, but not this time. Unlike Trolls and Moana, this musical outing caught the hearts of the audience with a fun and entertaining numbers that did not mask some hidden agenda or uncomfortable spiritualism. It may not be groundbreaking cinema, but it was a delightful time for families to enjoy together.

What should parents know about Sing?  There was very little to object about this singing sensation. It was fun and entertaining for all ages. It provides a refreshing option for families during this holiday season. Thankfully there was limited political correctness and it did not rely on ancient mysticism to push along its story. The key warning would be to appreciate the inspiration from this little singing contest, but to encourage children to have a balanced perspective of life. Show them the way to balance aspiration, hard work and having some fun along the way.

Reel Dialogue: What are the bigger questions to consider from this film?

  1. What does the bible say about chasing your dreams? (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:12, 1 John 4:1)
  2. What are the passages talk about working hard? (Proverbs 13:4, Colossians 3:23, 2 Thessalonians 3: 10-12)
  3. WATCH THE TRAILER

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.

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