SING STREET (12A)
SING STREET (12A)
Run time: 106mins
Director: John Carney
Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Synopsis: In 1980s Dublin an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and uber-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised. Immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ’80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pour their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
After the triumphant success of the modern day musical Once (2007), writer/director John Carney returns with another musical marvel, Sing Street.
It is set in Dublin in the 1980s, where 14 year old Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) faces a sea of troubles – from an unhappy home life to a new school with bullying pupils and even tougher teachers. Cosmo becomes fascinated with a mysterious local girl, Raphina (Lucy Boynton). So he does what any teenager would do – he forms a band and aims to win her heart by inviting the would-be model to star in the band’s videos. Although they have limited musical talent, soon – on the advice of Cosmo’s layabout older brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) – they are finding their own distinctive style and writing songs and making music videos.
Strong ensemble acting means the film – which is a glorious blend of humour, fantasy and reality – never misses a beat. The young leads are at all times convincing and benefit from the backing support of an experienced local cast.
Sing Street is an unmissable, electrifying coming of age drama with a witty and often touching script, and a real treat of a soundtrack with the likes of The Jam, The Cure, Duran Duran, Lemmy and Motorhead.
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