Monday, December 20, 2021

Grandgirls stand up and cheer 'Sing 2' on Day 7 of Movie Christmas 2021

Visit here for each of the next six afternoons -- Dec. 20-25 -- and (hopefully) find a little something about a film currently playing in or close to surfacing at a theater (or streaming service) near you in time for the holidays. We're calling it our "12 Days of Movie Christmas," and it continues here today right now. 

Meet the colorful characters and creative vocal cast of 'Sing 2.'
So there aren't many movies that the granddaughters have expressed much interest in watching these days with a review-crazy "Bach." It's what they call me, as coined by their big brother, who couldn't pronounce Grampa when he started talking oh so long ago. (Of course, I fantasize that it came from some genius musical talents all three recognized at an incredibly early age.)

Anyway, the girls, 7 and 10, currently prefer spending their time with various "apps" and friends and dance. Hearing about "Sing 2," though, piqued some renewed film interest, especially when they discovered it features the same funny and talented crew of animated showanimals that warbled their way to a suprisingly joyous original.

The verdict? 

The younger Vivian, who rarely has much to say, "really loved it." As always, sis Tessa was more loquacious: "Great movie (much better than I thought it would be)! Better music and parts than the first one. I predict 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Also the cast is good."

Bach, who actually got bowled over by the first "Sing" at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, will go along with the crowd and the composite rating below. Naturally, however, in his tendency to mostly go wild only over music he can sing along with, this follow-up's ensemble production number to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" became the easy highlight.

Otherwise and unlike his more hip grandgirls, he still rates the original more affectionately, does not care much for the sequel's wealthy and newly introduced thug (Bobby Cannavale), and still thinks that the legitimately funny Gunter (Nick Kroll) and hilariously befuddled Miss Crawly (voiced by director/writer Garth Jennings) deserve their own separate projects. 

("Sing 2" opens Wednesday only at theaters everywhere.)

Rated "PG" by MPAA: some rude material and mild peril/violence; 1:50; $ $ $ out of $5 

Coming tomorrow (Day 8 of Movie Christmas 2021): Undecided 

And, if you missed our first six offerings: "Nightmare Alley (Day 1)," "Spider-Man: No Way Home, "Swan Song," "The Lost Daughter," "Mother/Android" and "The Novice" (Day 6)

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