Ques­tion of what a koala can bear

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

AN over­long cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic and raw ta­lent could test the pa­tience lev­els of young­sters, but Sing will ul­ti­mately have them danc­ing in the aisles.

Strapped for cash theatre-own­ing koala Buster Moon (Matthew Mc­Conaughey) or­gan­ises a singing com­pe­ti­tion when his busi­ness faces clo­sure, but a typo on the flyer prom­ises a $100,000 prize in­stead of $1000.

Of course the gen­er­ous prize­money draws hun­dreds of auditions, in­clud­ing bank-rob­bing pro­tege go­rilla Johnny (Taron Eger­ton), pig house­wife Rosita (Reese Wither­spoon), echidna rock chick Ash (Scar­lett Jo­hans­son) and shy ele­phant Meena (Tori Kelly).

Pre­par­ing for the event doesn’t run very smoothly, with each suc­cess­ful fi­nal­ist’s per­sonal life in­ter­fer­ing with re­hearsal.

Sing builds slowly and jug­gles more char­ac­ters than it can han­dle, re­sult­ing in an in­cred­i­bly long film: al­most two hours is far too long for a fluffy an­i­mated movie.

There are plenty of new and older crack­ing tracks from pop­u­lar singers, which means the sound­track is bet­ter than the film it­self. One in­di­ca­tion was the chil­dren danc­ing in the aisles of an early screen­ing.

There is a nice mes­sage about nur­tur­ing and en­cour­ag­ing raw ta­lent as op­posed to ex­ploit­ing it for mon­e­tary gain, but it takes a round-about way of mak­ing it.

Buster Moon at the au­di­tion.

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