Sing Street (2016)
Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lucy Boynton, Mark McKenna, Jack Reynor
Directed by: John Carney
Written by: John Carney
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min
Twenty minutes into this film, I was grinning from ear to ear, and I didn’t stop until about an hour after it was finished. Sing Street tapped into my love of 80’s music, my creative spirit, and nostalgia for my teenage years. It got under my skin, and transported me to a simpler time; I freaking loved it!
Sing Street isn’t just a throwback to the 80’s, but an exploration of those turbulent teenage years. Where many kids (especially the creative ones who were often outcasts) struggle to express themselves as they navigate school and home life.
As cheesy as it sounds, this film is all about following your dreams. It’s about not accepting the status quo, and realizing grand adventures no matter where they originate from.
From the superb cast and their beautiful chemistry, to Ferdia Walsh-Peelo’s touching lead performance, Sing Street is one heck of a charming film. Director John Carney (Begin Again) balances out the drama and humor perfectly, and takes us on a grand tour of popular 80’s music, while using it as a metaphor for the Band’s journey to find their unique voice.
An appreciation of popular 80’s music would help, but it’s not totally necessary. This film should connect with anyone pursuing a creative dream, be that in music, writing or the visual arts.
My absolute favorite bit of dialogue came when Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is telling his older brother, Brendan (Jack Teynor – who seriously looks like Seth Rogen’s younger more handsome brother!) about the girl he met, and her boyfriend.
Brendan: How d’you know he’s her boyfriend anyway?
Conor: It seemed like it. Pulled off in his car, music blaring. He’s pretty cool.
Brendan: What was he listening to?
Brandan: He will not be a problem.
Brendan: Trust me. No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.