Good Monday, blogosphere!
This Movie Monday, Ive got one that I’ve been wanting to see since it was announced:
“Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon, a dapper koala, 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.”
-Submitted by Anonymous, IMDb.com
The verdict? A resounding…
This is a perfectly okay movie. There are a few standout performances, like Tori Kelly (who is absolutely ASTOUNDING) and Taron Egerton (he is fast becoming one of my favorite actors of ALL TIME), but it’s suffering from a timing problem.
As you can see from my past few reviews, the docket for kids’ movies lately is absolutely wonderful. I mean, Moana, Lego Batman, even Trolls-there are so many excellent movies for families that have graced the big screen in the past six-eight months. And this one just doesn’t quite live up to the quality.
Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed it, and both Princess and Lil’ Bit have asked to watch it again more than once. The singing bits were quite good, but the moments in between (which make up about 75-80% of the movie) just did not capture me in the way I think they were supposed to. There were just too many storylines, too many storylines that needed more development to be truly interesting.
If they had had the time to truly develop the kind of complex characters audiences have become accustomed to seeing in movies like this, especially in the last year, then it would have been different. But the sheer number of characters and storylines present in this movie meant they all had to be trimmed down to the bare bones of stereotypicality, which makes it predictable and a little bit boring.
In short(😂), it’s an okay movie to rent with your kids, when you just want to not watch the same movie over and over, but not one to spend a lot of money to own.
Violence: A- (some shots of bank robbery and jail)
Innuendo: B+ (quite a few butt jokes of varying types, a cheating porcupine)