Sing Street | Film Review


Recently I took a trip down to my favorite local theater to see what my dad likes to call an 'artsy fartsy' film, so I dragged him down to see it. And then my sister, and once more my best friend too. I have seen this film a total of five times now and it only ever gets better each time. Now, I write this review to virtually drag you, dear reader, to see it too.
   This fantastic film is Sing Street. It will speak to anyone. Whether you're a current creator struggling to find your voice or one that has lost theirs entirely, or even someone who forgot that dreams are something that should be chased, this film is going to hit home with you.
   As an official Sundance Selection of 2016 and John Carney as the director, you can already get the feel for what type of film it will be. I unfortunately never got to see the screening at Sundance, but lucky enough for me (and you), it is now out in select theaters everywhere, and thank goodness for that.

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I bet you're wondering what all the fuss is about, so let me tell you. It's a coming-of-age story set in the amazing era of the 80's. Sing Street is about a young Irish boy named Connor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who, in between a broken home, financial struggles, and adjusting to his new all boys Catholic school, starts a 'futurist' band in hopes of gaining the attention of cool popular older girl, Raphina (Lucy Boynton). Though the band started to aid Connor — or, as he calls himself, 'Cosmo' — in getting to know Raphina, it evolves into so much more. With the band pouring their hearts and souls into their music and music videos, Cosmo discovers things about himself he never knew before, as do the rest of the characters. This band composed of misfits proves that music can not only be an escape from reality, but transform people as well.
   Now, let's get into the specifics of what makes this, in my mind, a must-see film. First up, the soundtrack. I cannot stress how amazing this soundtrack is for not only does it capture the essence of the 80's, but it also captures the growth of the characters. As the story goes on, the character development can be heard through the music they create. This display of change, to me, truly is amazing and a rare thing to find. This most likely is due to that fact the music was composed solely for this motion picture. But what would a movie set in the 80's be without a dash of Duran Duran or The Cure, which also happen to be featured in this soundtrack. With both original songs and classics from the time period, the soundtrack couldn't be more perfect for this film. The story and music compliment each other perfectly, resulting in one excellent film. (It's available on iTunes and also on Spotify. I highly recommend checking it out after seeing the film, of course.)

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Next up, the story itself. Now I know this is a super broad aspect, but there's just no other way to break it down. This story has too much that makes it great to not give it its own paragraph. One of the main reasons I believe this story is so amazing is because it's so terribly relatable and not only for a teenager struggling to find comfortability in their art, but it's also relatable to those who have forgotten their dreams and aspirations. This film has a curator in every stage of their life, the finding of their voice, the fear of chasing their dream, the loss of their voice and all the stages in between and even after. A story is only as great as their characters and are these characters ever stellar. Each having their own distinct voice and attributes, Raphia, the stunning older girl, appears as a fearless, headstrong, confident girl, but we learn that she's actually not as amazing as Cosmo makes her out to be. Then there's Cosmo's older brother who is the stereotypical pothead with long stringy hair, who we come to find out used to be the high school legend. The characters in this film not only have immeasurable depth, but also are so realistic that you almost forget they aren't real... and isn't that how characters should be?

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Something very rare happened to me when I first saw this film (and every time after that). I genuinely was inspired. This blue moon of sorts has only ever happened in two other films. Walking out of this film, I felt empowered to chase my dreams and not let anything hold me back from achieving them. Whether it was wearing colored mascara in math class or applying to film school, for once in my life I felt as if I could reach my goals. To me, that's something truly beautiful and I hope that if you decide to see this wonderful movie it will make you laugh, smile, cry, and inspire you just as it did for me.

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