Sing Street – Sing It From The Rafters
Tim and I watched Sing Street the other night and then wished Jason had watched with us. As soon as I saw the trailer I knew I wanted to see this musical based on a group of boys creating a band to impress a girl. Sing Street incorporates new talent which I always appreciate so much as I get bored seeing the same big name Hollywood stars in every movie. The movie’s star, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, pretends to be only slightly capable near the beginning of the movie to absolutely wow us in his band Sing Street the rest of the ride. The girl he wishes to impress, Lucy Boynton, is also a delight and emits an independence in the movie not many actresses can pull off. Sing Street made me laugh, sing and cry. It’s available now on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital HD. Please read the official synopsis below.
SING STREET marches to the beat of an eighties drummer with the music and influence of The Clash, A-Ha, The Cure, Duran, Genesis, Spandau Ballet, The Jam, Motorhead and more. Also included in the film is an original emotional ballad “Go Now” penned by Maroon 5’s frontman Adam Levine.
SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater. SING STREET is “an irresistible, feel-good movie”, Leonard Maltin.
I’d recommend this coming of age movie for just about any age group. Spencer is 8 and he may not have wanted to sit through it, but I would have allowed him to. The movie is dedicated “To Brother’s Everywhere” and Jason at 11 would have enjoyed it. The boys starting the band with little to no experience would have interested him. Children who have had to experience a divorce or separation in their family may take it hard. But most importantly I think it’s a movie for mom and dad to watch on a Friday night. Sing Street had a nostalgic feeling just about anyone can relate to and I recommend you try. As he did with Begin Again, John Carney nailed it. He’s good at that.
*I received a copy of Sing Street for review. All opinions are my own.