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Film Review: Sing 2

by Desha Winborne

Writer: Garth Jennings

Director: Garth Jennings

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlet Johansson, Tori Kelly, and Bono

After finding success in their hometown, Buster Moon and friends set their sights on bigger stages. Failing to impress a local scout, the crew set out for an ambitious adventure in the big city. Following a disastrous audition, luck shines on the Motley crew as they find themselves presented with the opportunity of a lifetime. Moon strikes a deal with a very rich, very dangerous, hotel owner to perform at his venue. All they have to do is create the biggest show of their lives, overcome lifelong fears and convince a reclusive rock star they have never met to come out of retirement after more than a decade of hiding. What could go wrong?

Sing 2 is the direct sequel to 2016’s Sing in which Buster Moon starts a singing competition in order to save his theater. Since then the world has changed in so many ways. While the first film was about finding your voice and being yourself, this 2nd installment takes a deeper dive into self-confidence, fear, and grief. Though those are much heavier concepts to address the film never strays from its silliness and age-appropriate humor.  It’s been five years since the first film and in that time children have been tasked with overcoming so many obstacles and trials some of which are dressed in the film. Fear is a running theme as each of the returning characters has an overwhelming fear they must conquer to get ahead. From fear of failure to a fear of heights, the film is careful in its depiction of fears a how to deal with them. The film also delves into grief and how debilitating it can be. Clay Calloway the recluse rock star suffered a tragic loss that caused him to retreat into the shadows. Though a heavy subject for the children of 2016 it seems eerily appropriate considering the pandemic and the unfortunate losses many have had to bear. Though a great film to start a dialogue about somber subjects, it is NOT all heavy-handed teaching, the music the colors, the pace, and the humor keep even the tense moments light and palatable for children of all ages.

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CEO of (RED) Susan Smith Ellis and (RED) Co-founder Bono

Last night, was the star studded New York premiere of The Lazarus Effect, presented by HBO and (RED) at MoMa. Guests included (RED) Co-founder Bono, Gabourey Sidibe, Supermodels Iman and Alek Wek, Hayden Christensen, Zach Galifianakis, and a host of others. HIV/AIDS is a preventable and treatable disease, yet it has killed more than 20 million people in Africa.

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