Sing Street is a coming of age flick set in 1980’s Dublin. It tells the story of a boy who through music tries to escape the personal troubles affecting his life. It is directed by John Carney and stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Jack Reynor, Lucy Boynton and Aidan Gillen (best known for his role as Littlefinger on HBO series Game of Thrones).
John Carney has delivered some great pieces of cinema within the constraints of a tight budget. One example was his award-winning musical film Once, with an estimated budget of $150,000. The film won an Oscar and was nominated 29 times in various other awards. His last film Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo cost $8 million.
I couldn’t help but be excited for his 2016 release, and it is safe to say, I was not disappointed.
This film is splendid. It manages to hit all the right notes in terms of direction, writing, and style. The acting from the entire cast is flawless; one character in particular, Brendan, played by Jack Reynor was impressive. I was fully invested in his character due to the excellent writing.
The soundtrack is also a big plus. This being a film about music, there is a selection of great 80’s style tracks that you will like, and can be bought from Amazon and iTunes.
This being a story revolving around an adolescent who starts to take notice and show interest in a member of the opposite sex, expressing himself through music, we see his character going through the emotional ups and downs, the lifestyle changes and character evolution, culminating into a poignant conclusion which is well accomplished.
I can’t stress how much I loved and enjoyed Sing Street. It is just what we need at this time of the year, when blockbusters are making all the noise and movies haven’t really met our expectations. A welcome surprise that I highly recommend you see. I give Sing Street 4.5 stars.
Sing Street is now available for rent on DStv BoxOffice
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