Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sing (2016 Animated Movie): Review


Buenas Dias!

Today I attended the screening for Sing at the Sandton Prestige thanks to my awesome friend Cassarica Nadas who blogs over at the Amazeblog.

Did ya love Despicable Me & The Secret Life of Pets? Are you a fan of the ever crazy adorable Minions? Then this might just be the next best release by Illumination Entertainment for you.

Happy #TuesdayMotivation
Sing tells the tale of every Artist's journey to stardom, with all the right elements of comedy & heart-warming characters at it's core.

Watch the Trailer here:  


Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal-some might even say delusional-optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life's ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.
*****
Movie Review



I gotta say after seeing the trailer, I went into this movie expecting a hilarious comedy with elements from other singing competitions from around the world but with an anthropomorphic spin. Like American Idols or X Factor.

But it developed into SO MUCH more!

I was absolutely blown away, not by the storyline or even the singing {which are both extraordinary regardless} but More because I related to the Heart & Soul of the movie. Sing should be watched by ALL Artists "both great & small" and in all shapes and sizes. If you're in the creative field at all, this is the perfect festive motivation you need!

Especially if you're feeling down on your craft, doubtful of your dream, or just searching for a good laugh. For Love is True Laughter's Best Friend.

It gave me all the right goosebumps, choking back sobs and cheering-on that I needed to feel. 
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An Artist's Journey: Featured Elements

Family

In every Journey to success there are the doubters, the haters, pessimists & ofcourse, the naysayers.
Worse still is when it comes from a family member, especially when they have an envisioned "plan" for what you should be. Sometimes they are just indifferent, not noticing you have any talent whatsover.

They can also be your biggest supporters and believe in you even when you don't.
Sing delivers these dynamics via the talents of Reese Witherspoon as Rosita the "Housewife" with 25 pigletts and an overworked husband. Johnny the gorilla with a gang leader for a father who wants him to follow in the family business of crime. Meena the indian elephant with severe stage fright but a truly supportive family.

Nothing is ever black & white, in Life there are always clouds of gray and if you stay the course you might just see the rainbow clouds of fluffy candyfloss goodness. 

F.E.A.R
{False Expectations Appearing Real}


No one is without Fear, whether successful or not. We all have it and we all deal with it different ways. It is on of the purest forms of Doubt.

It can either Wake you up or Shut you down.

Meena the elephant has to deal with her sever fear of singing in public {It should be noted the the Number ONE fear in all of the world is speaking in public and NOT death so HER fear is completely understandable and compelling}

Whereas Mr Mikey Mike, the small white crooning mouse with a big Frank Sinatra-esque voice, has no fear for the stage. This fear is instead replaced with an arrogant attitude that he's better than everyone and just like the "Hare" in the famous fable, he neglects to notice or acknowledge the "Tortoise"
Finally you have Gunter, the hilarious dance sensation that's sure to make you pop with laughter. He feels the beat within his core and is completely oblivious in the ways that most people are conscious of their appearance & impressions in public.



FAITH

Faith to me is like the Air around us, just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there. You can Feel it though, oh yes You can Feel it.
It is the sum total of your Core belief system. It is the tenacity with which you fight for your dreams.


Each character is Tested, their Faith put on trial against the reality of failure and a world run on Money. 

Ashley, a crested porcupine punk rocker has to deal with this when she is chosen for the competition and her boyfriend is not. When she's asked to be more mainstream and sing pop songs instead of staying true to her roots and even attempting to write her on music.



DREAM BIG DREAMS


My main motto in life is this very same theme. Buster the Koala is an eternal-some might even say delusional-optimist. Which means that he has the innate talent to convert any negative into a creative positive. It is this very optimism and passion that brings these every day animals together in search of their true potential. In many ways I related to Buster the most because if you would go by Socrates proto-psychological theory of personality types in color. Buster and I are what you would called BLUE. We can be lively, sociable, carefree, talkative, and pleasure-seeking. We may be warm-hearted and optimistic. We can make new friends easily, be imaginative and artistic, and often have many ideas.

BUT even we have our limits and there are times when the failure cuts too deep and for too long, sometimes when we least expect it. It's at this time that the movie displays a universally fundamental lesson too often underappreciated. As Oprah once said, "Surround yourself only with the people who are going to take you higher."


The journey to success might be your path to follow but that doesn't mean it has to be a lonely one. And probably the most important thing to remember in life is that you cannot do this alone. You need the right people in your life that are going to lend a shoulder when you falter, kick your ass when you get lazy, catch you when you fall and ofcourse, lift you up when you fall.



The two Surprise acts for me were Scarlett Johansson as Ash & Taron Egerton as Johnny.






Ahhhhh Sigh* I'm even more in love with Scarlett now {if that was even possible}. As if being smoking hot, a great actress and humble woman wasn't enough. She hadto go and rock out with her fine self. #MadLove for her and for rock music!! 

She's also going to be starring in the live action Ghost in a Shell movie, #Nerdgasm for all anime fans. 








"Eggsy"!! 
You might remember Taron Egerton from the smash hit movie Kingsman: The Secret Service 

I had no idea this guy could sing let alone so damn well. I honestly thought it was Bruno mars or John Legend when Johnny the Gorilla auditions. It was only until now upon my research for this post that I found out who Johnny was let alone that He was "Eggsy" from one of my favorite secret agent movies of all time. 
#Badass Talent certified!
Johnny is probably my favorite character in terms of style, singing slash talent and family drama rama.


Well Shell Bell Mell, I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this animated feature film and more to the point have enjoyed every release from Illumination Entertainment so far. Despicable Me 1 & 2, Minions, The Secret Life of Pets {Super feels and pet love} and now Sing 2016!
Here's to more successes and fantastic releases in the future.

Personal rating: 10/10

I; Enricoh Alfonzo; undoubtedly, vehemently, and whole-heartedly recommend this movie to everyone.

Especially Artists looking for motivation this festive season.

Lastly I just wanna comment on the awesomosity that is the Sandton Prestige Cinema. 
Such Comfortability! 
Every cinema should be like this, in fact I never want to watch a movie any other way! The seats are similar to the ones in the pic above and have a button that automates the recliner for you. If I had one of these at home I would probably never leave the TV haha.

Book your ticket now!!

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46 comments:

  1. Now I really need to watch this!!!! Awesome review! Really looking forward to the movie

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  2. I am so excited to watch this movie!! Even the advertisement for it looked so adorable, I can't wait. I'm glad you think it's worth it to go!

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  3. Thank you so much for this review! I know my son is going to love it I cannot wait to see this movie ��

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  4. hmm haven't heard of this one yet. Not too big on the new cartoons though.

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  5. I can't wait to see this! It looks absolutely hilarious.

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  6. Oh, an All Star cast and not to mention those cute animated animals. The trailer was very entertaining and so must the movie.

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  7. Sounds like a really great movie to watch. Also, the giveaway sounds awesome :)

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  8. I saw only ONE ad for this movie and it was just animals singing and that's it!! So I had NO IDEA what the heck it was even about! LOL!

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  9. This movie looks so cute, and I can't wait to see it! What a great cast!

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  10. I actually only saw the trailer the other day for Sing and it looks so great! Can't wait to see it!

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  11. My boys would love this one. This is a movie that I need to watch with them.

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  12. What a fun movie! I've always liked musicals especially when it's this lively! Thanks for the review!

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  13. It sounds like a fun and inspiring movie! I would love to watch it with my daughters! It's always nice when fellow bloggers publish reviews like this, helps me decide whether to watch the movie or not!

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  14. I can't wait to see this. My nieces are going to love it. We are going to have a blast.

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  15. What a great review! I must confess to not being a fan of these kind of movies and neither are my kids but I know many who will love it! Isn't it fascinating to see an actor sing and dance when you didn't expect it? That's how I felt watching Patrick Swayze for the first time in Dirty Dancing!

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  16. I love a good animated movie and 'sing' is the feel good movie that I could really do with right now. Looks awesome!

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  17. We'd definitely like to see this during the kids christmas holidays. Hoping we make it.

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  18. Can't wait to watch that movie with my son! It looks really funny!

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  19. Awesome review! I can't wait to watch this. Such big name stars too. I am sure this will be another blockbuster hit.

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  20. It looks is a really great movie. When i see those pictures i decided quickly it's a perfect and really great movie. I really want to watch this soon.

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  21. this just looks hysterical. i bet you that karaoke machine sales are going to go WAY up once all the kiddies see this movie.

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  22. We just saw the trailer for this the other day. It looks SO fun, thank you for the great review.

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  23. This was totally something new for me! I'm not familiar any of these. But they are so fun. Can't understand how i have missed these!

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  24. Omg now this looks like one awesome movie!!! So need to watch it!

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  25. I can't wait to see this movie. I'll probably take my girls out to see it. It looks like it's going to be a good one.

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  26. we are super excited to see this movie! It looks so fun for the kids

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  27. My kids LOVE Despicable Me! I have seen the previews for Sing and it looks really funny. I'm thinking about taking my kids to see it for the holidays. I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. This definitely influences me to checkout the movie!

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  28. Great movie review! I love animated films!

    Sondra Barker
    PrettyFitFoodie
    prettyfitfoodie.com

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  29. OH boy I'm going to have to take my son to see this one. He loves pigs!

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  30. My son would love this movie! I will definitely have to take him to see it! It has been so long since we took him to watch a movie.

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  31. I remember seeing all the trailers around for this but totally forgot about it until now x

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  32. Can't wait to see this movie! My kid would love this

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  33. What a lovely animated movie for all family! Love the plot and the diversity of characters and their personalities! Didn’t know you and Buster the Koala have a lot in common ;-) Love your point of view and this Opra’s famous quote ' Surround yourself only with the people who are going to take you higher'

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  34. O wow! This sounds interesting and I think some of the things would be good for kids too. Lovely! Will check them out.

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  35. This movie looks so good! My kids can't wait to see it. It's part of our plans this weekend!!

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  36. I cannot wait to see this movie! I love animated films and this one looks particularly fantastic.

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  37. Cool !!! love this review, now super excited to watch out this movie.

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  38. Looks like a fun movie that all the family can enjoy. Looking forward to seeing this!

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  39. It sounds like a great funny movie, perfect to relax after a busy day at work. I don't think animations are just for kids, I enjoy them as well. :)

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  40. I really want to see this movie! It looks so cute and the soundtrack is amazing. I checked it out on iTunes already.

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  41. Never heard of this movie before. Well, I usually do not watch animated movies, and my kids are way out of the age where they would even consider them, but this one sounds interesting, thanks for the review

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  42. i can't wait to see the movie sing, it's going to be epic. i was supposed to see a screening of it, but couldn't make it.

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  43. Now I'm definitely going to watch this movie during holidays! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  44. I was hoping to review but got so busy... guess we will be going during the holidays to see it now! Thanks for the review!
    ~http://viabella-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

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  45. This movie looks so cute! I seriously can't wait to see it :)

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