“You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom? There’s only one way left to go, and that’s up!”
Adorable, fun, and a movie that will have you tapping your feet and wanting to sing along.
Animated movies will always have a soft spot in my heart. They warm my soul, make me feel like a child again, and usually always tug at my heartstrings. This movie combined humor, music, and love. Not a love story kind of love, but a deeper kind of love. It was smart, and it was smacked with stars–literally and figuratively.
Everyone loves an underdog. If you say you don’t, you’re lying. Matthew McConaughey voices Buster Moon, a passionate koala theater owner struggling to make ends meet. He hasn’t had a successful show in years, he can’t pay his employees, and the bank won’t stop calling. In a moment of desperation, he decides to plan one last show, one that he thinks will save his theater and the Moon family name. A singing competition. He rounds up the last of his money as a cash reward and has his assistant, Ms. Crawl, to print out flyers for the event on the last bit of paper they have in the office. Ms. Crawl is a lizard with one eye, who seems to always be losing her fake glass eye, and while typing up the flyers for the event, she makes a grave mistake. What was supposed to read as a $1000 prize accidentally gets printed as a $100,000 prize.
In the meantime, we have also met the rest of the main cast. They are collectively a group of talented singers, struggling living a normal everyday life all with the same passion: singing. We meet Rosita, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, a stay at home mother of 25 piglets. She longs for a life outside of staying at home all day, and her husband barely seems to notice her anymore. Ash, Scarlett Johansson, is a porcupine in a two person band with her egocentric boyfriend who tells her constantly that she isn’t good enough to be heard. Meena, a shy elephant with a voice that will knock your socks off, being voiced by Tori Kelly what more could you expect? Mike is a little mouse with a big ego. He sings on the streets and has dreams to live a lavish lifestyle, Seth MacFarlane couldn’t have been a better choice for this character. And finally, quite possibly my favorite character of the movie, a gorilla named Johnny, voiced by Taron Egerton. Johnny’s family is involved in a shady gang, and Johnny wants out. He’s too sweet for the lifestyle and just wants to do what he loves most–sing. But he won’t do anything to disappoint his father.
They all enter the singing competition. There is a lot of different talent in the competition, as you see on actual singing competitions on television. Buster picks his favorites and the competition begins. Of course, then he learns of the mistake on the flyer, and now has to come up with $99,000 for the prize money. Now, without giving away any major spoilers for the movie, that is all I can really report on, but it is worth the money to take your kids! They’ll love it and so will you.
This movie is truly enjoyable for people of all ages. It has enough depth that parents or older siblings, or just adults like me who love children’s movies as well, can watch and not be bored. The kids will love the different animal characters, and they’ll love the humor. It’s cute and fun, and it will make you laugh. There will be moments you feel sad. It teaches valuable life lessons for people of all ages. And the ending is perfect. No story line is left with a loose end.
Rating: 7 out of 10