Man do i regret not watching this in theaters, this was such a good time. At the time it didn’t have much credibility for me to give it a go and i see why this was highly acclaimed upon release.
From the offset i got the feeling this was semi autobiographical for writer and director John Carney as I could feel his passion throughout. It’s based on his experiences of his youth when he went to Synge Street Christian Brothers school in Dublin, Ireland. Just like the main protagonist Conor Lawler (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), he too formed a band except it wasn’t at the prospect of getting with a girl (as far as i know anyway). He was a bassist for his band The Frames and directed the music videos.
It has irresistible charm and wit, with infectious music that you cant help but to hum along and bop your head to. The standout track called ‘Drive it like you stole it’ is so catchy felt timely as for me it could’ve been released in the early 2000’s, probably something Busted would’ve done in their heyday. The members of the band are pretty much nerds but they’re effortlessly cool and sure handed in what they’re doing, as young as they are. It’s really funny and awe inspiring at times, especially the exchanges between Conor and his brother Brendan played excellently by Jack Reynor.
The romance between Conor and the girl he gushes over Raphina (Lucy Boynton) is quite sweet and made me remember that it’s the subtleties and imperfections of someone that truly makes them beautiful.
The movie does a great job in crossing over between fantasy and reality which is similar to how a music video would feel, it really has fun with it but never in a way that’s jarring. I loved hanging out with all the characters, even the school bully Barry as he has a troubled background that made it easy to connect with him.
This movie’s a love letter to 1980’s pop music and the soundtrack is pretty kick ass with the likes of Duran Duran and Joe Jackson. Even the movie’s original music material is great, i saved the soundtrack to my Spotify library immediately after it was over. I really enjoyed this, something i’d recommend to everyone but not quite something i’d watch again in the future though.
96% based on 171 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes reads: Sing Street is a feel-good musical with huge heart and irresistible optimism, and its charming cast and hummable tunes help to elevate its familiar plotting.