Sing Street: Film Review

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I knew Sing Street would be my cup of tea from the first trailer, especially when I saw that it was written and directed by John Carney, best known for Once and Begin Again. It is a musical and it looked fun – and that is exactly what Sing Street is; a big bag of fun and sheer joy.

The film is set in 1980s Dublin and the plot is incredibly simple. Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) starts a band to get closer to Raphina (Lucy Boynton), a wannabe model, who he offers to cast in his music video. Conor has just moved to the free state school Synge Street because his parents are struggling financially, and it also seems like they might be breaking up.

Good job he has his older brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) and his encyclopaedic knowledge of music, who encourages Conor to form an original band rather than a covers one. Conor makes friend with Darren (Ben Carolan), the band’s now-manager, and they recruit further members, including Eamon (Mark McKenna), who writes the music and loans the band, Sing Street, his house for practice.

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This is such a feel-good film with brilliant pop-culture references and original music. I will be amazed if you can get the songs of Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and The Cure out of your head afterwards. Their attempts at making music videos are my favourite scenes out of the whole movie – they are so bad, they’re great. The Drive It Like You Stole It video is just the best – I could not stop beaming and laughing. I felt so damn happy watching it.

Walsh-Peelo and McKenna are just brilliant. I love that Carney found all these newcomers because they are wonderful. Conor wears so many different looks as he tries to find his image and it is hilarious watching him copy styles from iconic rock stars. The whole look of the film in general is fantastic.

This is just heart-warming and fun, with adorable actors and incredible music. What is not to love?

In cinemas Friday 20th May 

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