Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sing Street

Every now and then, a movie comes along that hardly anyone has ever heard of, receives little to no press, and yet manages to completely charm audiences all over.  Sing Street is once such movie. Directed by John Carney and set in Dublin, Ireland, the film stars an almost unknown cast.  Focusing on the life of one 14-year boy, the story combines teen
angst, the thrill of falling in love for the first time, and testing the power of disobedience.  Add in the terrific 1980’s nostalgia; including songs from the Cure and Duran Duran, and you’ve got a movie gem.

Conor is a typical teen navigating life’s ups and downs and trying to find his place in the world.  He is a sensitive sort, which does not go down well at first with the other rowdy students at his new public school.  His home life is in turmoil: his parents are on the verge of getting a divorce and the family is experiencing money problems.  Conor dabbles in songwriting, but when he meets a beautiful older girl named Raphina, he decides to put a band together in order to win her over.  She is intrigued and becomes the star of their homemade videos; helping them to create their image.  Conor and Raphina grow closer as they help each other through some challenges.  They give each other the courage to make a bold leap into the future for the better.

Conor and the other boys in the band are sweet and a bit nerdy.  It is entertaining to watch them try to figure out what kind of music they should play (new wave? pop? a bit punk?) depending on which band was popular on the charts that week. They eventually earn respect at school and come into their own.  This movie is a must-see.

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