This animated offering taps into our continued fascination with
shows like “American Idol” and “America's Got Talent”---we
just love music. And who
doesn't want to be a star?
A koala named Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is
the owner and promoter of a theater that's rapidly going out of
business, with the bank on the phone and angry unpaid employees
banging at the door. But
Buster Moon is not yet ready to give up.
He feels like he has one more great idea in him:
a talent show, open to everyone, with a grand prize of $1,000,
which is all he has. But
his dutiful long-time secretary, the bug-eyed Miss Crawly (voiced by
writer and director Garth Jennings) mistypes the flyer, and it comes
out $100,000: which brings
out a line around the block. Along
with a few ambitious thugs.
The opening sequence gives us a preview to some of the talent:
a pig with 25 piglets named Rosita (voiced by Reese
Witherspoon), a Rat-pack-like mouse named Mike (voiced by Seth
McFarland), a shy elephant with low self-esteem named Meena (voiced by
Tori Kelly), a singing gorilla from a family of criminals named Johnny
(voiced by Taron Egerton), a would-be punk-rocker porcupine named Ash
(voiced by Scarlett Johansson). The
great part is that we get just a little character development here,
which makes us root for them when they're performing.
But including the tryouts and the voiceovers, we hear more than
85 popular songs from decades past and present, and well, we just love
It's upbeat, it's exuberant, it's funny, it's a toe-tapper, and
it's a crowd-pleaser. If
you have any music at all in you, you'll enjoy it.