Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Offerman, Peter Serafinowicz.
Director: Garth Jennings & Christophe Lourdelet.
Screenplay: Garth Jennings
A fun film that could happily existed ten years ago, and it feels like that too. However I was in a room full of younglings and they seemed to find this film hilarious so it really did reach its target audience.
Based around a struggling theatre producer, Buster Moon (Voiced by Matthew McConaughey), who needs to produce a hit in order to pay back his mortgage debts. He decides that a singing competition is the way to go and advertises a $1,000 prize for the winner. Or that is what he thinks he advertises... The film goes as you expect, we are introduced to the aspiring singers and their lives and how singing can change them for the better etc. They are all different but come together from their love of song.
The cast is pretty great but I always struggle to hear who is who until I look it up, most of the time having a well known cast just bugs me more than helps me connect with the characters. The animation is interesting, they animals are neither cute nor realistic, a weird in between. But I do like the range of music in the film, I just wish they used the tunes in a more imaginative way. But in saying all of this I did find myself engaged with the plot, I wanted to see what they would do next, not to see their personal journeys but how the film would turn out.
The story I quite enjoyed though was Johnny's (voiced by Taron Egerton). His struggle with growing up with a gangster dad (voiced by Peter Serafinowicz) and not wanting to be a part of that world is really interesting. If there was an animated movie about that I would really enjoy the crap out of it. I think him and his dad were the strongest characters with the most interesting voice work.
It is fun, the kids will love it and the music choices is smart enough to keep most peoples interest.