RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 105 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JOHN CARNEY SCREENPLAY JOHN CARNEY STARRING FERDIA WALSH-PEELO, LUCY BOYNTON, JACK REYNOR, AIDAN GILLEN, MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY, KELLY THORNTON, BEN CAROLAN, MARK McKENNA, PERCY CHAMBURUKA, CONOR HAMILTON, KARL RICE, IAN KENNY, DON WYCHERLEY, LYDIA McGUINNESS
Sing Street is an Irish coming of age film set in the 80’s about Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who because of financial reasons is being transferred by his parents to a catholic boys school.
Outside of school he meets a mysterious girl who he tries to impress by forming a “futurist” band called Sing Street.
If you have been reading my reviews you may know that I am really not the guy to go to when it comes to coming of age films. It’s not really my genre. But once in a while there is one that grabs me by the nose. Sing Street is one of them.
I love it! Yes I do, and it maybe has to do something with the 80’s setting and the fact that it is about music. I’m a sucker for that and when I listen to the soundtrack, I immediately want to go back and watch it again. If you love 80’s indie pop you are in for a treat.
Let’s take the band for example. When asked what type of music they play, they call themselves futurists. That’s exactly what I would imagine Depeche Mode, The Cure or David Bowie would have answered respectively. To get to the point, the film plays homage to British synth pop, new wave, indie rock and the music videos from that period. Back then it was a new medium and it gives us some great funny moments. It just feels like a true love letter to that period. Not quite sure how American audiences will react to it (I have friends who don’t know Depeche Mode, duh), but Euro folks will recognize most of the references and music.
Do I have to mention that the soundtrack is awesometacular?! (I stole that from Jeremy Jahns)
CAST & CHARACTERS
Music and setting aside, the Irish actors, while mostly unknown to me, are really the heart of it all. Ferdia Walsh-Peelonis is perfect as the main character, Cosmo. He has this certain aura about him that makes him so legit for somebody forming a band out of nowhere and exceling in it. I truly wonder, if he sang all these songs himself… or even wrote them? In case he did – dude! Form a band! It’s great stuff (UPDATE: He is a singer. Bravo, my friend. You did right).
Another stand out performance is being delivered by Mark McKenna who plays Cosmos buddy and the other creative half of their band. He is an introvert kid who can play basically every single instrument and likes to show off with it. It really makes for some of the funniest scenes in the movie and the dynamic between these two is what I like to imagine David Gilmour and Roger Waters would have been like back in the good days (do I have to explain to you who David Gilmour and Roger Waters are?) oh, please!
Then there is Jack Reynor who plays Brendan, Cosmo’s big brother, a music nerd who wasted his talents because of too much dope. His character is just great – a loving big brother who helps out Cosmo with the bands’ identity, which also creates nice comedy. But most importantly, his brotherly love really drives the film home for me.
Last but not least, we have the super-duper cute Lucy Boynton (my god, I have crush) as Raphina, the mysterious girl Cosmo is after. Uff, she is so fucking cute…, but let’s not forget her performance! 🙂 she’s stellar, of course and I want to see more of her, for obvious reasons.
This movie is really great. It may be a little too sweet at the end, but hey, I can’t think of a better ending, so why even mention?! It’s a very straight forward plot and perfect in doing so.
The story has some nice depth and circles around various family themes, such as the love between brothers, finding your identity and of course taking chances with your talents. It’s quite inspiring. Plus, the movie almost makes me want to go out and find a girl I want to impress myself with something crazy I haven’t tried out yet.
So, you like coming of age stories? Don’t even dare to miss it!
You like the 80’s? This movie is tailored for you.
You like indie and synth pop? Watch it and buy the soundtrack!