Family Movie Night

By Karyn Bowman

Winter break ended and the kids are back in school.

This news, of school being back in session, was not welcomed by all. Some are still wishing that they could sleep late every day and watch bad movies or TV shows. Winter break was filled with movie marathons and TV watching.

I ended winter break with two new movies that were still in the theaters.

After a failed attempt to see our first choice, we went to see the animated feature Sing.

sing-movieI went into this movie not knowing any of the featured stars. When the credits rolled I found out that Matthew McConaughey was our lead character and Reese Witherspoon played the part of the singing mom.

I am glad I didn’t because I wasn’t distracted by knowing all this. I could simply enjoy the movie for what it was – a riff on lets save the old theater by having a show. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney didn’t show up. But a lot of songs that have been popular throughout the years and in recent times made appearances. This might introduce younger audiences to Stevie Wonder and George Michael while helping the parents understand some of the newer music.,

Maybe.

The premise is that a theater owner who is going broke needs to put on a great show, so he does a talent showcase. He sends out fliers announcing a prize. But due to an error that prize is not the $1000 he hoped to offer. The theater is swamped with hopefuls and he chooses a number of single and group acts. Each has a compelling story that makes us like them a little more, except for Mike. He is a mean piece of work who can sing up a storm.

As you might imagine there are all sorts of problems and catastrophes, including trying to find a sponsor and the theater building itself slowly falling apart. One of our acts has to deal with a bad boyfriend and another has self-esteem issues.

While this movie could have been edited just a bit tighter, I found myself enjoying it. I liked most of the characters, enjoyed their discovery of joy in their talents, and the music was outstanding. Most of the songs are ones we have heard over the years. We know them, like them, and let down our guard a little for these new but familiar characters.

sing-johnnyYou come away happy by the end of the movie. All is not perfect but it is satisfying. My daughter asked for a favorite character and the expected answer would be Rosita, the mom who challenges herself to fulfill her dream. But I loved Johnny the most. There is something about a kid trying to be better and succeeding that just gets me right there.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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