A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band and moving to London. 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 (ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN) 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.
Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lucy Boynton, Kelly Thornton,Kyle Bradley, Lydia McGuinness, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Mark McKenna, Pádraig J. Dunne
1985 Dublin has taken an economic downturn. Money and opportunities are scarce. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo’s parents are feeling the pinch. To save money they pull him out of private school and send him off to the Catholic School of hard knocks… and the real fun begins.
This is a fantastic movie and jumps right into my work in progress Top 10 for 2016.
We are in classic coming of age dramedy territory, a genre and style of film that when if done properly, as this is, will always make for a Happy Big Ron. This film captures what it is to grow up perfectly. Your direction and purpose can change on a whim. One moment our Hero is getting punched in the face and asked to do an Irish Jig with his willy out, the next he’s formed a band and is shooting a video in a Dublin Backstreet in an effort to win over a Girl.
This film is all about finding your feet and becoming the person you are and as in real life you do this by trying to emulate others, whether that be Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran, Robert Smith from The Cure or your very own Slacker Older Brother. Yes, this is a film of changing haircuts, dress sense and make up as our heroes cycle through looks and styles aping the bands of the 80s like Musical Chameleons. This resonated hugely with me, I remember very quickly going from long blonde Kurt Cobain locks into trying to Skateboard and then growing a rather lovely Britpop Oasis Mullet, Like the guys in this film my style, my attitude and my outlook changed as often as the direction of the wind.
This film is retro and fun but not without Gravitas but it’s darker moments and subject matter are more or less shrugged off with “that’s life” smile. This film has a real authenticity to it. It feels very 80s, it has shit cars, bad clothes and even worse haircuts - it is Big Perms and Stonewash denim, what were we thinking?
Really strong and believable acting, Jack Reynor steals every scene he has, I really love this guy and think we, the watching world deserve to see him in something big and bold, it’s a shame he missed out on that Young Han Solo thing.
Cute and bittersweet with the odd didlo gag I really enjoyed this and would recommend to anyone.
“Do the Sex Pistols know how to play?”.
“There’s a cowboy in The Village People”.
“You should come visit us. You seem like a mad bastard”.
“Trust me. No Woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins”.
“Just Rabbit stuff”.
“I’ve a good joke for you guys. Vagina. Do you get it?”.
“Maybe you’re living in my world. I’m not living in yours. You’re just material for my songs”.
“What does happy sad even mean? How can we be both things? It makes no sense”.