The presents are wrapped, the shopping is done, the tree is trimmed, the protein of choice and all the sides are ready for you simply to mutter, “Christmas dinner is served!”
Okay, who are we kidding? We parents are going to be wrapping presents till midnight on Christmas Eve, our shopping probably isn’t done, and the protein for the perfect Christmas dinner probably isn’t even thawed out yet.
But it’s Christmas weekend, and it’s not about perfect, it’s about family. And maybe the kids just really need a good old-fashioned distraction after too much stocking candy. That’s where the new SING movie comes in. A trip to the movie theater could be just the thing on a parent’s wish list to share with the kiddos while also giving you a little break.
SING is about a down-on-his-luck theater owner – a koala — who has a brilliant brainstorm to save his failing theater: hold a singing contest. Echoes of the Looney Tunes dancing frog aside, the premise is an entertaining one given the popularity of shows like America’s Got Talent. A hilarious assortment of animals audition singing renditions of countless favorites from the likes of Lady Gaga and Van Halen (definitely an effort to keep the parents entertained).
The songs themselves are the show stoppers, sung by big movie stars like Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon. Where SING misses a few notes is with its story line. Some of the characters have questionable ethics, including the koala. Because there are so many characters, somehow the story doesn’t all tie together in an emotional way that pulls at your heartstrings like Moana.
It’s not surprising though that the characters’ ethics are questionable, given that this movie is from the creators of Dispicable Me and Minions. It could be a good conversation starter with the kids after the movie.
Other than a bit of fart humor and a few mild insults, SING is overall quite family friendly and great for kids five and up. Younger ones can see it too if the more intense scenes, including a chase with angry grizzlies and separate scenes with a fierce gorilla who happens to rob banks, won’t bother them.