Get ready for a toe-tapping, rocking motion picture that is both moving and emotionally satisfying in John Carney’s latest film ‘Sing Street’.
The film is set in the 1985 where Conor is sent to a new school, one that isn’t costly as the family goes through financial difficulties. Conor struggles at his new school, however meets the girl across the street who is trying to fulfill her dreams as a model and talks her into being in his band’s music video. The only problem, he doesn’t have a band assembled as he tries to impress this girl.
‘Sing Street’ is music to my ears. The film’s songs steal the show. While there are some great established songs in this film throughout from Duran Duran and The Jam, among others; the film’s shining achievement is its rocking original tunes that will make you tap your feet to the beat. My favourite original songs from the band Sing Street is “Drive It Like You Stole It” and “To Find You” both for completely different reasons.
The musical montage for “Drive It Like You Stole It” is completely magical and full of charm, along with a rockin’ beat. The montage shows Conor’s inner-happiness, despite facing so much sadness around him, as he must face being “happy-sad” that Raphina mentions to him, so he faces sadness during rehearsals, and faces his true happiness in his imagination of what the music video would have looked like, and not only that, but what he wants his reality to be as bullies are now friends and his achieving the happy ending he so desperately wants with his family and for his caring, yet stuck in a rut, brother. The musical montage’s costume and set design is both beautiful and ravishing, inspired by a 1950’s senior prom as the lead character Conor is inspired by ‘Back to the Future’ – the blockbuster hit of that year. It is so well detailed and framed beautifully with amazing direction and cinematography that this scene almost made me cry. And is it me, or does Conor’s brother looks a little like Seth Rogen during this scene?
“To Find You” is a sweet and emotionally heartfelt song that reflects the scene’s mood and tone quite beautifully between the complicated relationship between Conor and Raphina that ultimately made me feeling sad, or “happy-sad”, with great acting performances between the two leads.
The film is consistently funny at times, and offers a great underdog story about a band who tries to overcome all odds from bullies and heartbreaks. However, there are some band members who I’d wish were more developed as a character than just a member of a band.
‘Sing Street’ sings a high note, filled with great acting performances, especially from its three leading actors Lucy Boynton (Raphina), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Conor) and Jack Reynor (Brendan), great music, along with brilliant directing and cinematography.
‘Sing Street’ is one of the year’s best movies.