Sing Street starts out how many teen films have in the past. With a young boy in a somewhat bad home environment being forced into a new school with few friends. This young boy is Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who lives in 1985 Dublin with his argumentative parents and college drop out brother. Conor has just been taken out of his private school and is being sent to a much cheaper Catholic boys school called Synge Street. Here he is immediately bullied by students and the antagonist principal Baxter (Don Wycherley) and only finds condolence in his new friend Darren (Ben Carolan).
One day Conor spots a young beautiful girl named Raphina (Lucy Boynton) who is an aspiring model. Conor lies and tells her he is in a band and would like her to be in his music video. Therefore Conor and Darren begin looking around for other young boys to be in their band. Eventually putting together a full 80’s pop band they name Sing Street, writing and playing original songs.
One of the many highlights of the film is the soundtrack, as Sing Street has many original songs they play throughout the course of the story. They are catchy, fun, and sound a lot like Duran Duran or The Cure. After hearing some of the songs Sing Street plays, they made me want to go out and buy the album!
Conor primarily writes the music for the band, and the mood of the songs he writes cleverly reflect how he feels emotionally. Especially pertaining to the relationship he builds with Raphina, which is very well written. Their love story is full of the ups and downs of life, and it really gets the audience feeling invested and involved. It felt like the first real love of Conor’s life, and the chemistry between the actors is great.
The film is fairly fast paced, meaning that the audience never really has time to be bored. Every scene in the film is meaningful and has some point to it, unlike many films where most of the run time is fluff and filler. Sing Street leads up to a very satisfying climax, one that I was not expecting. The song played at the end, “Drive It Like You Stole It”, of the film is by far my favorite from the film. They even have an awesome music number with great choreography.
Sing Street is full of youthful life and is a great film for anyone who has ever been in love, grew up in the 80’s, or has an appreciation for 80’s music. It’s a film that doesn’t disappoint and has enough well acted and written characters to keep the audience entertained.