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Film Review + Super Soundtrack: ‘Sing 2’

Luckily, Sing 2 hits all the right notes that the first Sing film did. These characters are hard not to love, and you really do almost forget that they’re animated. It also succeeds at aiming its story toward both adults and children alike. Who would’ve thought that a story about singing elephants, pigs, gorillas, and porcupines could be so touching?

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Sing 2 has quite the star-studded voice cast featuring Reese Witherspoon, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Halsey, Eric André, Seth MacFarlane, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Offerman, Letitia Wright, Bono, Pharrell Williams, Garth Jennings, Jennifer Saunders, and Chelsea Peretti. Yeah, that’s a big cast.

Luckily, Sing 2 hits all the right notes that the first Sing film did. These characters are hard not to love, and you really do almost forget that they’re animated. It also succeeds at aiming its story toward both adults and children alike. Who would’ve thought that a story about singing elephants, pigs, gorillas, and porcupines could be so touching?

Buster Moon and Co. are headed to Las Vegas (sorry… Redshore City as they call it in the film). Plenty of mayhem ensues on their journey to the big city, as well as how they struggle to even get an audition in the first place, but that’s all the fun in the movie.

This is one of those animated movies where you’ll hear a voice and be scratching your head for a minute as to who the actor is. Kids couldn’t care less that it’s really Scarlett Johansson or Halsey behind the character, but it’s a fun game of “Guess Who?” for the adults.

It’s a feel-good movie, for sure, but I did have one issue with the premise once I started really overanalyzing things and being supremely critical. While the original Sing film centered around a local theater coming together while struggling to fill the seats with their genuine showmanship, its sequel undoes all of that emotional construction and takes them to Vegas. It kind of paints this image that they couldn’t be successful in their journey unless they made it in the big city, and I liked the sentiment the first one carried.

Will kids have fun with this? Definitely. Will parents have enough to be emotionally invested? For sure. You could definitely find a worse animated movie to watch with your kids this holiday season, so be grateful you have this entertainingly solid option.

In addition to its massive cast, it also has quite a few songs featured in it, and rightfully so considering that it’s a music-centric film. It seemed that all of the big pop songs from the last three years got the Sing treatment in animation, so let’s dive into all of the music featured in the movie:

Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Holes – Mercury Rev

bad guy – Billie Eilish

…Ready For It? – Taylor Swift

My Name Is – Eminem

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

She Bangs – Ricky Martin

Hello – Adele

bury a friend – Billie Eilish

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The Flower Garden Pt. 1 – The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hotline Bling – Drake

Cake By The Ocean – DNCE

Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston

La Cumparista – Gerardo Matos Rodriguez

Lite Spots – KAYTRANADA

Boyfriend – Justin Bieber

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé

Chop Sueyi – System of a Down

Break Free – Ariana Grande ft. Zedd

Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys

Who’s That Girl – Eve

Dance of the Knights Suite No. 2 Op. 64T from Romeo and Juliet

I Like It (Dillon Francis Remix) – Cardi B, J Balvin & Bad Bunny

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back – Shawn Mendes

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Suéltalte – Sam i ft. Anitta, BIA & Jarina De Marco

Señorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of – U2

Something Wonderful – Terry Saunders

Soy Yo – Bomba Estéreo

Not Today – BTS

A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay

Could Have Been Me – The Struts

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

Your Song Saved My Life – U2

Sing 2 is now playing in theaters everywhere.

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