Space L Clottey

This movie is overflowing with sincerity.

I don’t really remmeber what I thought of the first Sing, but I think I watched it at least twice.

When the movie started, I was annoyed as they had already achieved their goal and I was like “ugh can’t they just be happy? Why does Moon have to want something else”. But I remembered how ambitious he was in the first film, and how that was the entire point of his character, and it works.

Overall, the whole point of the film is just looking at the insansely ambtious Koala set an insanely ambitious goal, and struggle so much to get it. But it works. And the smile on his face at the end absolutely breaks me, as he leans forward to watch everything he fought for come to fruiton. I can’t bear it, and I watched the movie two days ago, and that smile keeps flashing into my mind.

Just aching with sincerity.

(Small point about writing: after the fact I realised that Moon didn’t go through an arc, he didn’t really learn anything? Maybe outside of “lying is bad” but he didn’t really even learn that becuase it worked for him, but someone once said that immense struggle can be almost a replacement for an arc, so that’s okay. I didn’t think of it while I was watching the movie and I loved the movie so it can’t affect anything now.)

Moon is a really pleasant protagonist. He is such a nice, warm guy, and is also really competent. He gives vibes of only one other character I know, Woody, for being… wise? And being obviously very much able to manage and navigate the world he’s in, while caring so very much about a goal that’s relatively alien to the viewer.

I’m also never worried that he’s doing anything creepy or unpleasant. When the Wolf’s daughter comes in the way the camera lingers on her and her sparkly eyes and stuff make you think, make you worry for a second that Moon’s gonna be like “Woah” or something, but he’s just polite and says hi.

He’s also super nice to her when he’s firing her, and really sweet to her thereafter. Same to the elephant, the female pig, mrs crawley… everyone!

He’s just so nice.

I wonder if he does have some hidden rage or something, or any actual dislike.

He seems to very barely personally care about the wolf coming to kill him. Like he’s scared for his life obviously, but has no remote personal vendetta against him. I want to write a character like that.

The movie has a tonne of plot threads for every character and they all culmanesse incredibly well.

Rosita, the female pig, something of the inherent underdog who you just adore in both movies, who’s replaced in her lead role by Porsha, as she’s scared of heights. The film doesn’t really care about these plots and dedicates little time to it, almost inarguably giving more to Porsha.

I feel like the way that her terror was written can’t be faked, and that it had to be written by someone who really experienced that much anxiety at something, and it felt very, very visceral.

The resolution of her jumping off to save moon was clever, and I was like “ahhhh” when I saw it and smiled, but in hindsight it’s not that cool :) But that’s okay, this film had a lot else going for it. Like Porsha!

Porscha

I love Porsha. She’s definately on my list of top twenty characters ever. Actually, I should straight up make that.

I love her energy from her introduction, and she starts off filling a very much antagonisty role. But you’re not quite sure whether she’s an actual antagonist. Like it’s just enough vague enough to not be able to tell if it’s real, and if she’s doing it on purpose. And then Moon has to fire her, and it takes a minute but you realise that you’re supposed to care about her, and you do. It happens so quickly, and it’s so freaking easy, and I love her and feel bad for her and want her to feel okay.

And then she does! After she’s back in the show she absolutely thrives as the alien, and I’m really happy for her, and am definately going to watch her again (as well as the whole of the final show).

The ending is extremely curious: we never see her reaction to her dad. I feel like I remember her extremely briefly standing up against him, but we don’t see how she feels about him going to jail, only extremely curiously cut to her with the rest fo the crew, going to perform more of the show.

She just abandons her father.

Did she love him? Did she know he was bad? Has he screwed her over so much that she doens’t have normal human attatchments? Does she view Moon as a father figure?

It’s super weird.

Johnny

If I’m remembering correctly Johnny was basically the main character of Sing 1. He was definately all over the trailers, and the stuff with his dad was the main conflict of the film. I don’t remember how they managed to fit the Moon stuff in there but I guess Moon was joint main character?

It’s a really intersting dynamic having almost two main characters and have them both just share the movie.

But here the film wanted to focus more on moon and had less for Johnny and his dad and that’s okay.

But what they start with him having a generic teacher is okay. Weirdly I didn’t mind it as much as I should have, I think because of how empathetic he is.

I very much thought that the lesson was going to be about him learning to adjust to this teacher, and I really thought that the teacher was going to become super empathetic and out of characterly nice after he said “Suffering is required to grow” but he actually didn’t and I’m only realising it now. Usually that would be the moral, but I guess whoever was writing this was like “screw that” and instead believed in finding teachers who you related to, because he then had Johnny stumble into this super fun cat character. Like I really like her, she’s super friendly and fun and chill, and she trains him instead.

And a part of me was like “uh this is awkward is he going to keep the fact that he has two teachers secret”?

And then he just goes and tells him like an absolute champ, and the teacher reacts the way he gets to react, and the cat has a tonne of sass and doesn’t give a crap, and they train and it’s such a cool fun sequence, and then it culmanesses in the coolest thing ever.

Johnny’s keyboard in the final is amazing, his singing is spot on.

And then the teacher comes and proper fights him.

It’s so good.

A fight is obviously the definition of a high stakes Act 3 scenario, but it’s a movie about a theatre, so it makes SENSE! And their fight is incredible, and the teacher wins.

But then Johnny gets back up, and I felt chills as he started to crash his cane and start to sing again.

I’m going to watch it many, many times.

It’s really good, and a really clever full circle resolution to his story.

Pacing

The pacing in this movie is really good. The stakes at every moment are always so very clear, and the movie is thoroughly able to just take it’s time when a scene needs a tonne of it.

The best example is when they are sneaking into the rehearsal space, and bad guy plays. The music fit perfectly with the scene and it was such an entertaining minute, high stakes and I experienced the anxiety along with them.

Another example was when the wolf made to carry out his threat and drop Moon off the roof, you believe it.

It’s a fantastically interesting film.

Elephant

The elephant love story is an interesting idea but the movie doesn’t really care about it that much. It’s just a thing.

But it’s a cool idea, and it’s intersting that this obstacle is caused by Moon, and he just forgets about it. I wonder what it says about him as a person because it seems almost unusually inconsiderate of him?

The Lion

A tad sketchy that the hedgehodge making the lion emotionally resolve with the death of his wife is at her personal incentive to putting on a cool show. Or at least definately moon’s, who doesn’t seem to care that much about his wife.

Which is why it probably makes sense for him to leave.

But it’s sketchy stuff.

But it’s cool.

Like you know from the beginning that clay is going to be on their show, but how they get there, especially with him giving up right as they’re walking on, then hearing hedgehog sing a really moving song and being convinced to come up — it’s good stuff.

I wonder who Ash lost.

Crawley and Male Pig

The movie’s sincerity is highlighted through how little it picks on these characters. There are essentially no jokes at the Pig’s expense. Like you think the sci-fi idea is silly but then it works and it’s the whole idea of the movie, and it actually makes for a super interesting show. Like I’d actually totally pay to see the show. Maybe the value of it would be a bit less if they weren’t animals performing it, but it seems like a rocking show with interesting things happening to it, and Gunther has basically all the writing credits for it.

And Ms Crawley doesn’t screw anything up. I’m almost anxious, but she doesn’t. She successfully goes to Clay Cathoways (she doesn’t successfully get him, but that’s fully understandable), she successfully does the small other personal assistant tasks Moon gives her, and she is extremely successful at getting the production back on schedule when Moon leaves her in charge.

Like she rocks.

And I feel for her when she’s traumatised for losing her eye, but I really like her, and totally felt her as basically the mascot of the film during the end credits.

Oh and usually “old people being hip” jokes are done to absolute death, but I was properly laughing at her listening to rap music on the way to clay’s. The movie earned that, and it was excecuted extremely well.

Jimmy Crystal

What a freaking breakout character. I love his design, I love his voice (Him and Moon may have the best voices, and they’re united by the fact that they’re so good but I don’t recognise either of their voice actors. I can always appreciate some new voice talent. In general this movie has a tonne of different accents and all of the voice work is incredible, it makes it really entertaining to listen to).

He is legitmately threatening. Like actually scary.

And he actually does carry through with it and let go of Moon as he’s dangling him over the roof.

And he has a terrifying alter ego when he’s on TV.

And he sees through Moon’s lies about Clay. I like it when characters see through other characters’ lies.

And he has a really interesting worst fear, which is looking like a fool. And this is set up really well through his mentioning of it, then it comes to fruition. And the movie doesn’t spell it out per say. It’s a tad obvious, but when you realise this is the worst thing he could have wanted as he’s being laughed at on stage when all of the cast has abandoned him as he’s lying about being responsible for the production…

It’s meaningful.

And sincere.

So very sincere.

And he’s also just threatning. Him coming to the stage as fast as he can to murder Moon while the show is on makes the third act so good.

And finally, this movies perfect line. It’s stuch with me so very much.

Crystal calls Moon a loser. And Moon says something so incredible, so perfect.

No sir, I am not a loser. We did what we came here to do, and there’s nothing you can do or say to take that away from us.

Man.

Oh my god.

I can’t even.

The movies ending is beautiful. After they’ve completed the show and the music swells and they’re all driving back to presumably their home, and it’s mimicking how sincere the music is during their drive up to the town, and the sunset is georgous and you think that the movie could end just there with all of their story arcs complete….

And then they get to perform their show at a whole new theatre.

And it ends on Moon’s face about to see everything he worked for come to life.

And it’s enough to make you cry.

It’s so beautiful.

I love this film so much, I’m so glad it exists.

It’s super well crafted and so uneblieveably sincere.

I just realised they got rid of the Seth Rogen mouse, and that works because he was insincere and sarcastic.

I actually really wanna watch Sing 1 again now.

My top characters from everything (limit, 1 per media?)