Movie Review: Sing 2 (Universal Pictures)

Buster Moon and his cast of performers return to set their sites on bigger dreams. The Moon Theater has become a huge local success, and now theater owner, Buster Moon […]

Buster Moon and his cast of performers return to set their sites on bigger dreams.

The Moon Theater has become a huge local success, and now theater owner, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is looking to take it to the next level. When a talent scout from Redshore City tells Buster he would never make it in the big time, Buster takes matters into his own hands. He gathers up the cast and heads to Redshore City to audition, entertainment mogul Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale). When they are rejected by Crystal, Buster inadvertently tells him they have an idea for a new show staring recluse rock star Clay Calloway (Bono). Crystal gives them three weeks to get the show up and running. Now Buster must somehow bring the entire show together and track down and convince Calloway to come out of retirement and join the show. 

I was a big fan of the first Sing film, so I was seriously looking forward to this sequel. The wait was worth it.  Director Garth Jennings does a great job bringing these characters back. The script is fun and exciting and moves at a great pace. And like a lot of family films, there are jokes for all ages. There were some I needed to explain to my 9-year-old son. To me, that’s a good sign. Just remember, this is a family film, so down look for anything too deep. This is just a fun film.

Matthew McConaughey (Buster Moon), Reese Witherspoon (Rosita), Scarlett Johansson (Ash), Taron Egerton (Johnny), Tori Kelly (Meena), and Nick Kroll (Gunter) return for a second time and they slide right back into these characters with ease. My personal favorite is McConaughey. He is really having fun with this role and he’s just wonderful in it. It’s just nice to see him do a role that’s not so serious. 

New cast members include Bobby Cannavale (Jimmy Crystal), Halsey (Porsha Crystal), Pharrell Williams (Alfonso), Eric André (Darius), and Bono (Clay Calloway). These are some great additions to the cast and really round things out. I was especially impressed with Bono. I don’t ever recall seeing him act before, even though this was a voice-over. But he does use his normal voice, he actually voices a character. Very impressive.

All the songs here are all covers of older and modern songs. The cast does an amazing job singing them. They actually sing the songs and do not have someone else do the job for them. 

The film is from Illumination Entertainment, the same people behind the Minions. I love the look of the animation. So nice and clean and some of it almost look like real life.

Bottom line this is a fun family film, and with the holidays coming up, it’s a great time to see it in the theaters.

Sing 2 opens in theaters December 22nd.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.