Film Review: Sing Street

Posted in Reviews, Top Stories by - April 30, 2016
Film Review: Sing Street

In director John Carney’s latest film, Sing Street, his poignant and intelligent style is more apparent than ever. The film oozes creativity, and creates an environment that causes laughter, heartbreak, and achievement.

If you’ve ever seen John Carney’s previous films, most notably Once(2007) and Begin Again(2013), you know that he does an impeccable job making films. These films are well written, exceptionally well directed, and a lot of thought is put into casting his roles. Well, this narrative is no different, chalk up another brilliant film written and directed by Carney.

Sing Street takes place in Dublin, Ireland, and is a narrative about a young boy named Colin(Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who’s family is in turmoil, so he’s going through some big life changes. He moves to a new school, in a rougher neighborhood, and finds it difficult to fit in. He then meets a girl named Raphina(Lucy Boynton), and in a move so bold and so character defining, tells her he is in a band, in an attempt to impress her. He manages to put together a group of guys that play different instruments, forming the band Sing Street.  The process of finding these members, and how uniquely these characters were written, was a true joy to watch. None of these kids have notable credits to their names, but they have such a chemistry together, and do a fine job in the limited roles they are asked to play.  Once the band has formed, they move on to making their first music video, which was intended to feature Raphina. This is when the hilarity begins, and the narrative really begins to become amazing. The subtle comedy combined with the passion displayed by Colin towards Raphina truly does mesh well.

Let me also mention this film has a decent amount of drama included. Carney’s writing forces you to be vested in the lives of the characters, and with that you feel how they feel. As the narrative evolves the stakes get higher and higher, leading up to what you would think is the pivotal point in the film, the band playing at their school’s disco. This scene is a lot of fun to watch; just a young band playing their hearts out with songs that make you laugh and cry equally. The end of Sing Street is not something completely surprising, and I definitely saw it coming, but what shocked me what the actual impact it had on me. Here you have this jovial film, where even the rough moments – such as Colin’s parents getting a divorce – have a jest feel to them, and yet this ending is so very pure and beautiful. Rarely do films accomplish the perfect ending, and maybe on paper this finale wasn’t nearly as powerful, but the cast pulled off something within those last seven minutes that is simply awe inspiring.

Sing Street has risen to the top of my favorite films in 2016, and will tough to beat going forward. I hope this feature has an opportunity come oscar season, being as enthralling of a watch as it is. Rated PG-13, it is definitely a movie you can take the whole family to. There are some references to more “adult” things, but they are so subtle and vague they likely would not be caught by children. If you’re going to see one movie this week, skip everything and see this film.

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