Sing Street

review by Bobby Blakey 

There are movies that come along that don’t offer up the big explosions or CGI, but instead just follow people. These films are hit and miss like most, but every so often one turns out to be a hidden gem that offers up more than you may expect. Sing Street looks to be one of those film with a great cast including Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor, and Kelly Thornton, but does it have the story to back it up or is it in the wrong key?

Sing Street follows a boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s who escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes. This is a pretty simple film on the surface and does feature a pretty formulaic style that isn’t anything you haven’t seen before, but the use of the music world to deal with their issues helps it to be something more. Despite the great looking trailers it still looked pretty one note, but it ended up being way more layered than expected. Thankfully they never went fully pulled the heartstrings to try and force some drama that wasn’t there, but instead just let these kids deal with their real life issues in their own way and in turn make some classic music. The moments of them shooting their videos is some of the best of the film as it is entertaining to watch, but also offers up some 80s music nostalgia that will surely take you back if you lived through the time. The performances are great across the board bringing these young characters to life wit, humor and emotion needed to hit all the right notes. The movie itself would have been fine by itself, but the music and period looks make it all the more fun to sit through. There is so much to love in this simple little film that unless you are someone that just hates the 80s then I don’t see how you couldn’t enjoy this film.

There isn’t anything here that is all that new, but in the end it is about the quality of the execution and they have it in spades. There is a little something for everyone here nicely wrapped up in a teen coming of age dramedy disguised as a music video that hits all the cords you could hope for right up until the very end.

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