I overall enjoyed the first Sing film. I thought it was really entertaining to have an animated jukebox musical film set around a theater performance and I overall enjoyed the characters. Sing 2, on the other hand, well…read on for my thoughts.
The film jumps into action right from the beginning with Buster Moon (voiced again by Matthew McConaughey) taking his troupe to the big city to audition for a show after a talent scout says they’re not good enough for the big city. Media mogul, Jimmy Crystal (voiced by Bobby Cannavale), allows them to perform as long as they get reclusive singer, Clay Calloway (voiced by Bono), to appear in the show.
Buster lied to Jimmy by telling him he knows Clay personally and now it’s up to him to figure out how to find Clay and coax him out of retirement. While he’s busy with that, Buster’s troupe is dealing with their own issues. Johnny (voiced again by Taron Egerton) seems to constantly disappoint his choreographer. Meena (voiced again by Tori Kelly) can’t connect with her onscreen partner. And Jimmy’s daughter Porsha (voiced by Halsey) is cast as the star of the show to please him, but this decision saddens the previous star, Rosita (voiced again by Reese Witherspoon).
I personally felt that the entire film was unfocused. I couldn’t even tell you what the point of the film was. It kept vacillating between trying to coax Clay out of retirement and solving the other troupe members’ problems. I couldn’t stay connected to any of the conflict in the film because each was treated as merely a minor problem.
I also felt the villain, Jimmy, came out of nowhere! What started out as a crummy showbiz mogul randomly turned into a villain who attempts murder TWICE! And it’s so out of left field! Not only that, but nobody seems to care that much about his murder attempts! Yes, he’s arrested at the end of the film, but prior to that, everyone treats the murder attempts as minor annoyances and instead focuses on the show they have to put on!
Even his daughter shows no emotion at all after her dad gets arrested! It was like he never existed at all to her! It was super weird! I also miss Seth MacFarlane and John C. Reilly’s characters. It felt weird not having them in the film.
In the end, that’s how I felt about this film: weird!