Sing 2: Follow the dream despite the hurdles

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Everyone has a dream for their lives, but more often than not it comes to an abrupt halt as one obstacle after the other demotivates us and then derails us from our purpose. That’s why it’s so fantastic when a film like ‘Sing 2’ comes to the screen!

Thanks to Illumination (the film and animation studio which first introduced us to Gru and his  adorable Minions) and Universal Pictures, we have yet another movie to which both adult and child can relate. Let’s set the scene: Although he’s extremely successful in his home town, theatre owner, director and producer – Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) dreams of staging productions in the City. However, talent scout – Suki (Chelsea Peretti) slam dunks his approaches for an opportunity to pitch a show to entertainment mogul – Jimmy Crystal (Bobby Cannavale).

If anyone of you recall the 1997 Chumbawamba hit ‘Tubthumping’ – “I get knocked down, but I get up again; You are never gonna keep me down …”, it certainly applies to Buster Moon. With grit and determination, having to overcome one hurdle after the other, he picks himself up; dusts himself off; and, begins all over again… ultimately, creating (and staging a show) like no one has ever seen before.

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I don’t want to give away too much of the plot as it will detract from your enjoyment. Suffice to say, Reese Witherspoon returns to the role of Rosita – now a mother of 25 piglets; Scarlett Johansson is the adorable punk porcupine guitarist – Ash, who plays a really pivotal role in the tale; Taron Egerton as Johnny –  the talented Gorilla who defied his family’s crime syndicate heritage for a life behind the piano; and, the bashful Meena voiced by Tori Kelly – an elephant whose voice takes her to great heights. Buster’s trusty assistant ‘Miss Crawly’, voiced, believe it or not by Garth Jennings who wrote the script adds an element of ‘authenticity’ as she ensures everyone adheres to the hectic deadlines

However, Buster Moon’s production will not take place without the inclusion of a reclusive rock star – Clay Calloway (Bono)… and so begins an adventure of epic proportions. Having to deal with the egos of both Jimmy Crystal and his daughter (who winds her father around  her little finger); traverse forests and dales; pacify the troop; and, keep the workmen on track … not to mention devise a script… need I say more? Of course, it wouldn’t be titled ‘Sing 2’ if there wasn’t a fabulous soundtrack too.

This is an outing to the cinema with a message for everyone! Don’t give up, no matter the obstacles! If you believe in yourself and your talent, you will succeed… beyond your expectations! Just in time for Christmas weekend – ‘Sing 2’ opens at cinemas in South Africa on Friday (24 Dec 2021).


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