Opening 20 Jan 2022
Writing credits: Garth Jennings
Principal actors: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton
Buster Moon and his team of musicians: Meena, Gunter, Rosita, Johnny, and Ash, arrive at the office of Crystal Entertainment, hoping to impress Mr. Jimmy Crystal. They claim to include a famous performer, Clay Calloway. By chance they finagle a gig in Mr. Crystal’s theater. He even arranges for them to reside in his fancy Crystal Tower Hotel. They begin staging for their musical “Not of this World.” They practice dancing with Nooshy, who has creative ideas. Newcomer Darius works with Meena on a duet. The biggest surprise is Porsha, the daughter of Mr. Crystal, who joins the troupe, singing and dancing. Mr. Crystal is less enthused, when he learns that the famous Clay Calloway, long since retired, has never heard of them. Perhaps, it’s time to locate Calloway and set up a connection. Miss Crawly drives out to find him.
Everyone who saw the first SING, which opened in 2016, knows, of course, that each character is an animated animal: mouse, elephant, pigs, lion, gorilla, bull, chameleon, foxes, rabbits. You name it. Naturally, they are a fantastic success, with no need to depend on Jimmy Crystal (who is a fox). This wonderful sequel in dazzling colorful animation features everyone’s favorite songs such as Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” or U2’s “Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking For,” all performed by animals, who are fashionably dressed, holding on to their mobile phones. This is much fun for the whole family of all ages. In the end, as the credits scrolled down, my nine-year-old guest said, “I want to see the film again!” Don’t miss this new SING –especially awesome for viewers in Hamburg, which is the third biggest musical city after London and New York City. (Becky Tan)