Netflix just got a new No. 1 movie which is family-friendly

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Netflix’s Sing 2 is a popular show.

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The highest-ranked Netflix top 10 list items can come as a bit of a shock. People may flock to an unexpected film or an old action movie that is worth viewing again for the incredible feats. But this time, we’re not at that surprised. We really anticipated this one.

If you haven’t already noticed, Sing 2 is the top film on Netflix’s list of the “Top 10 Movies in the U.S. Today.” Yes, one of the greatest streaming services has a lot of interest in the highest-grossing animated movie of 2021 and the tenth-highest-grossing movie of the same year. And it has occupied this time slot in a short time after arriving on Netflix on Wednesday (June 22).

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Sing 2 faces stiff competition as one of the nine finest new movies available for streaming this week. Should you pick it instead of anything else, like Doctor Strange 2 or Downton Abbey: A New Era? Let’s investigate.

What is Sing 2?

The second installment of the Universal/Illumination series of musical movies featuring animals is called Sing 2. Naturally, since this is a CGI animated film, it has many well-known actors in various characters performing songs that are reminiscent of well-known pop tunes.

As an illustration, Taron Egerton, Reese Witherspoon, and Nick Kroll will all perform “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince. In addition to singing the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Heads Will Roll” and a duet with Bono from U2, Scarlett Johansson also performs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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It’s framed around the tale of a bunch of friendly animals on a musical quest in order to make sense of everything that has just been spoken. Koala Buster Moon, voiced by Matthew McConaughey, aspires to lead a significant event. Rosita, a pig spoken by Reese Witherspoon, must persuade her husband Gunter (Nick Kroll) to look after their 25 children while she performs.

While Egerton portrays singing gorilla Johnny, who you’ve definitely seen in commercials, Johansson voices the porcupine guitarist Ash. Yes, Bono is acting in this because he provides the voice of Clay Calloway, a lion that the gang wants to adopt.

What do critics think of Sing 2?

Sing 2’s box office numbers may indicate that it is critic-proof, but it’s always a good idea to check out what the experts had to say. A bright and cheery family movie that you might be concerned will boring you as it amuses your children, Sing 2 received a 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes(opens in new tab), which is a respectable grade.

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Let’s start out with the good things, even though they aren’t as jubilant as the movie itself. The Washington Post’s Kristen Page-Kirby reported for them that “No one over the age of ten would ever accuse the movie of being unique, but its voice acting is excellent throughout. Particularly McConaughey gives Buster a lovely optimism that makes it impossible not to cheer for him.” She concludes her essay with a further backhanded compliment: “It is hardly a masterpiece of film. Sing 2 is nevertheless adequate. That’ll do, pig, that’ll do, as the farmer said in Babe, a far better talking animal film.”

In his review, Brian Lowry of CNN (opens in new tab) says: “Sing 2 mostly succeeds on dual levels by providing a jukebox selection of well-known songs that parents will recognize and having adorable animated animals sing them to occupy kids. The end effect is a fun karaoke activity for children.” Also stated in his somewhat reluctantly positive assessment “It’s a carefully designed musical sugar rush and empty calories. On the most fundamental level, this property from Illumination… doesn’t really aim to be anything other than entertaining, and on that level, it provides just enough of it, especially for the pre-puberty crowd.”

Ella Kemp of Empire(opens in new tab) gave the movie a less positive assessment, giving it a score of 2 out of 5, saying that “when you take a step back from the blazing spotlights, it does make you question what the point of any of it is.” Bono’s act, according to her, “would be fascinating if he was even slightly more believable emotionally, and had been gifted with more personality than the overused clichés of a grouchy, heartbroken guy,”

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Sing 2 “feels like a screensaver, a movie made by an algorithm, the same algorithm that estimated the anticipated profit on extending the Sing series,” wrote Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian(opens in new tab).

Should you stream Sling 2 tonight?

You and presumably your children will decide on this. If the kids choose for you, at least you may have had low enough expectations for Sing 2 to pleasantly surprise you.

This animated jukebox looks like a good background noise if you want to watch something happy while folding clothes and doing other home tasks. Although none of the most recent releases compares to Sing 2, there are still a ton of other things to watch right now.

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Beavis and Butt-return Head’s to town is probably not something the kids are interested in, but it could be something to watch after they go to bed.

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