“…there is nothing as bad in this world as bad music.”

But don’t worry, you’re unlikely to find any bad, bad music in the John Carney‘s 2016 Coming-of-Age music film Sing Street. Quite the opposite …

In Sing Street Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a teenager growing up in 1980s, falls in love with a mysterious girl, Raphina (Lucy Boynton). Full of self-assurance, Raphina is not paying much attention to teenage boys of any kind and Conor has to do something to impress her. He decides to do so by forming a “futurist band”. Recruiting members, finding a manager…all of it. We have all done crazy stuff for love, haven’t we ?

Sing Street Official US Trailer

A Self- Discovering Journey

Sing Street’s central theme is undoubtedly one’s journey of Self-Discovery. Hence the fans of Coming-of-Age cinema are guaranteed not to be disappointed by the story and its development. A comedy with a tint of drama mixed in and a strong character based narrative, Sing Street can both entertain and educate viewers of all ages — teaching them that it’s OK to take risks, even those that can get you ridiculed.

Sing Street Recording their first music video
Sing Street Recording their first music video

The film has a significant replay value, not just as a second viewing, but fully applicable to many of its scenes due to: great dialogue, great acting, music score – or a combination of all these. It’s a common practice to pick the best scenes for the trailer of a movie to pique one’s interest. But doing that for Sing Street isn’t possible due to the sheer amount of great scenes. From the very first scene on, the film has no problem capturing and holding one’s attention.

Music and Visuals

Sing Street Soundtrack

Technically, the film is nearly flawless. The camerawork is excellent, while the editing creates vibrant visual rhythms from one scene to another, from reality to fantasy. And when the music is added, well…one of its best features of the film is its soundtrack. You can’t go wrong opening with a song from Motorhead, and it only gets better. Duran Duran, The Clash, The Cure, Adam Levine – New Wave, Funk, Rock and Roll – among other styles, form the film’s score. One must have lived under a rock not to recognize at least few of the songs. Energetic, rebellious, sad or happy (“happily sad”) – a perfect score for a Coming-of-Age themed narrative.

Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) gets a lot of great life and music tips from his elder brother Brendan (Jack Reynor)
Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) (right)  gets a lot of great life and music tips from his elder brother Brendan (Jack Reynor)

The Cast

The characters of the film are evidence of a great casting process – from physical characteristics, facial features (Ben Carolan as the band’s manager and cameraman Darren have the cheekiest expressions of all) to the interaction with each other – characterized by funky accents, wittiness and general teenage silliness. Being part of a band, the actors are often on screen at the same time. Ensemble acting is important for the film and it is here that the cast shines, each able to project different personality traits. Thus, while some of the characters are slightly clichéd, watching them together is an absolute joy. If I was aware of such a band in the real world, they could surely count me in as their fan.

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo ( Conor) is a former boy soprano who was cast in Mozart’s Magic Flute at age twelve. That explains his amazing musical talent!

But is the story credible??

When it comes to credibility, some scenes (and especially the ending) are closer to the concept of poetic justice (virtue is to be rewarded while evil punished). So the viewer will have to take some of the happenings with ‘a grain of salt’ – but this hardly ruins the overall, inspiring motifs and ideals of the film. At the same time, critics have argued that the story in Stephen Daldry‘s Billy Elliot was not very credible, until the musical came along and the fiction became reality for many boys who, just as the young protagonist of the film, realized their full potential at theaters across the globe.

Go watch it now!

Sing Street is a film that you will be watching with a big smile on your face. That’s absolutely guaranteed! So why waste time? Find the film and watch it now. You can thank me later.

Sing Street (2016)
CONCLUSION
A film with a central theme of one’s journey of Self-Discovery
4.9
OUR RATING
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2 COMMENTS

  1. I immediately recognized John Carney’s name.
    He made “On the Edge” back in 2001 with Cillian Murphy, Jonathan Jackson and Stephen Rea.
    If this movie has any of the qualities of On The Edge I’m very interested.

    b.t.w. I wonder who recognizes the name Jonathan Jackson? Hint it’s to do with music.
    If you don’t know who Cillian Murphy or Stephen Rea is; well never mind.

    If you happen to stumble upon On the Edge, give it a try.

    • And just note those wonderful props, settings and costumes. I have watched several videos on YouTube with the stars of the film performing songs from it – and it is just amazing how convincing their transformation into 80s kids is.

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