“Sing 2” review: a fun musical sequel with animals raised by U2

Sing 2

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Garth Jennings, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Pharrell Williams, Halsey, Chelsea Peretti, Letitia Wright, Eric André, Adam Buxton and Bono.

Director: Garth Jennings

Remember To sing, that 2016 animated film about a bunch of animals, well, singing?

His formula of sympathetic and cute characters, great voice actors and extremely popular and instantly recognizable pop songs grossed over $ 634 million (RM2.64 billion) at the box office, which also means automatically that a sequel was inevitable.

After the last film, intrepid music producer Buster Moon’s (seriously voiced by Matthew McConaughey) managed to relaunch his theater and is now enjoying some success thanks to his talented vocal group, including Meena (Tori Kelly), Johnny (Taron Egerton), Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and Gunter (Nick Kroll).

But Buster isn’t happy with his success in a small town and dreams of hitting the big leagues by staging a big musical in Las Vegas-like Redshore City. After welcoming porcupine rocker Ash (Scarlett Johansson) into the fold, they head to an audition led by entertainment mogul Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale), who agrees to give Buster a chance on condition he can also get reclusive veteran rocker Clay Calloway (Bono) to participate in the show.

(Left to right) Gunter (Nick Kroll), Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) and Ash (Scarlett Johansson).

Now sequels like this tend to follow a pretty straightforward trajectory. Just take what worked in the first movie, raise the stakes, give the characters new problems to solve, maybe add a new character or two, and voila! Instant hit!

It’s thanks to director Garth Jennings that he manages to keep things relatively cool despite sticking to that same formula, and always finds new ways to generate genuine laughs throughout the 110 minutes. performing the movie (watch a moment of laughter out loud with Billie Eilish Bad boy and a few mops).

He even personally voices one of the main sources of those laughs – Buster’s loyal assistant, Miss Crawly, an iguana with a glass eye and a knack for swinging on System Of A Down.

Miss Crawly (Garth Jennings) is one of the film's most notable characters.Miss Crawly (Garth Jennings) is one of the film’s most notable characters.

Admittedly, this sequel IS quite predictable. After all, it follows the same group of characters and has the usual repertoire of hit pop songs. But there is one thing that sets it apart: Sing 2 a U2.

Not only does it literally star its lead singer, Bono, but it also owns three of the band’s most beloved songs – Where the streets have no name, Stuck in a moment, you can’t get out Of, and I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.

Ash (Scarlett Johansson) and Clay Calloway (Bono) in 'Sing 2'.Ash (Scarlett Johansson) and Clay Calloway (Bono) in ‘Sing 2’.

Now, Sing 2 probably would have succeeded with or without U2, but he would have been stuck in a formula that he cannot get out of. The inclusion of these three songs gave him an emotional uplift, meaning that a film that had come off with generic pop hits finally found what it was looking for.

As is, Sing 2 is the perfect movie for families – kids can enjoy anthropomorphic musical entertainment while parents laugh and sing along with U2. Who knows, the kids might even become U2 fans after that. Wouldn’t that be the sweetest thing?

Sing 2 is now playing in theaters nationwide.

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