Sing 2 (U)
Sing 2 (U)
Director: Garth Jennings
Runtime: 110 minutes
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Nick Offerman, Letitia Wright, Eric Andre, Chelsea Peretti and Bono
Synopsis: The new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet… all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They will first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star–played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut–to join them.
Written and directed by returning filmmaker Garth Jennings, Sing 2 features a host of superstars and additional new characters played by musicians Pharrell Williams and Halsey, Black Panther’s Letitia Wright and comedians Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti.
Following the events of the first film, Buster Moon, the optimistic koala (Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theatre into a local hit, but he has his eyes on a bigger prize: debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theatre in glamorous Redshore City.
But with no connections, Buster and his cast—including harried mother Rosita (Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker Ash (Tony winner Scarlett Johansson), earnest Johnny (Grammy nominee Taron Egerton), shy Meena (Grammy winner Tori Kelly) and, of course, provocateur Gunter (Emmy nominee Nick Kroll)—have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).
In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal’s attention, Gunter pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono – in his animated film debut). 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. Even worse, Buster has failed to realize that Mr. Crystal is an egocentric gangster who would rather drop somebody off the roof of a building than be deceived.
As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Rosita’s leading role in the show gets ripped away and handed to Mr. Crystal’s spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Grammy-nominated artist Halsey. Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage.
With lots of colour, high octane energy and some slapstick action from Garth Jennings’ star-studded ensemble, in Sing 2 there are electrifying performances, breath-taking artistry in animation plus Illumination’s signature humour and heart.
Like the original, the sequel features dozens of hit classic and contemporary songs and has themes of teamwork, perseverance, and following your dreams. Most of the original cast members reprise their roles, including Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, and Taron Egerton. New additions Bobby Cannavale, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Eric André, Chelsea Peretti and Bono complete the cast.
Likely to amuse young viewers and those who loved the original’s music-video quality and are ready for more of the same will find plenty of tracks to satisfy throughout the film. The intergenerational song selections range from Prince (“Let’s Go Crazy“) and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Heads Will Roll“) to oldies (“Your Song,” “Say a Little Prayer“) to contemporary hits from The Weeknd and Billie Eilish. Bono and U2 allowed three of their greatest hits (“Where the Streets Have No Name,” “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For“) to be covered in the film.
A story that begins as Buster’s dream of big-time success for his motley troup soon becomes an emotional reminder about the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
For audiences that enjoyed the first film and are looking for some singing, dancing and animated fun for the whole family, Sing 2 should prove another endearing diversion.
Images courtesy of: Universal Pictures