"Sing Street" which is set in Dublin during the 1980's, is the story of a teenager who's dysfunctional family decides to take him out of the good school they were paying for and put him in a free public school to save some money. Conor (played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) struggles to finds his place with in the new school and basically falls into the picked on awkward kids.
One day, while leaving the school, he sees a beautiful girl standing across the street while his friend says that she would never give any boy that goes to their school a second look, Conor shrugges him off and goes for it! He introduces himself to Raphina (Lucy Boynton), finds out that she's a model, and tells her that she should star in his bands next music video. She totally agrees which is great for Conor, only thing is….he doesn't have a band! The things we do for the opposite sex!
Conor then gets together with his friend Eamon and starts talking to other boys at the school and in a John Hughes-Like fashion puts together a team of awkward band members and start writing their own music inspired by the various genres of the 80's musical catalogue.
Conner of course falls for the girl and while Raphina has her own demons as in most films she plays the muse to Conors hopes and dreams.
Will Conor get the girl in the end? I'm not telling you!
What I will tell you is that this film is every bit of a throw back to those old John Hughes films like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Pretty In Pink" and my favorite "Weird Science"! Its also a musical journey through the 80's like none we've scene in years! Its the kind of movie that you actually catch yourself tapping your feet and bouncing along to the music, and if you grew up during the 80's, this will totally bring back memories. Its kinda crazy that while it all takes place in the south inner-city Dublin, its still holds the essence of the 80s at heart.
The soundtrack is fantastic. It holds classics like Duran Duran's "Rio", Hall & Oates "Maneater", The Cure's "In Between Days", and M's "Pop Music"! along with tracks that were inspired by these very songs! Also on the soundtrack is a track by Adam Levine called "Go Now".
The Blu-ray edition doesn't have a lot of extras on it but it does have the audition tapes for the nine principal cast members, a making-of documentary and a Q&A with Carney and Levine.
I give John Carney's "Sing Street" 5 stars out of 5!
Yes REALLY! I loved this film. I totally went into it not expecting it to be the jem it was and ended up smiling like a fool, tapping my feet and feeling like a teenager again!
If there was one movie from the first half of 2016 that I would say you really should see…..Its "Sing Street"!