Overall Rating: 5/5
April 15, 2016
Dir. John Carney
Rated PG-13 (for thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking)
With infectious optimism, Sing Street, explores youth, creation, and family in a story skillfully told with music. This musical will have you feeling “happy-sad” as you watch the characters grow up together in the eighties.
Sing Street has got to be one of the best and most clever musicals I’ve ever seen mainly because the story’s about the music and the music’s about the story. Let me explain: The way it introduces the music is clever; you wouldn’t necessarily realize you’re watching a musical for the first part of the film (I don’t think that’s a spoiler!). Then, there’s the music itself; the film’s soundtrack is mostly made up of period-appropriate, original songs that are good in their own right. Though sometimes only heard in the background, the soundtrack includes songs that not only pay homage to the era but also compliment the scenes in which they belong.
Expert pacing and an ensemble cast of young actors make the series of events seem genuine and relatable (even if they’re not the most realistic). You may not have grown up Catholic in Ireland during the eighties, but you’ll probably know exactly what these kids are going through regardless. Touching on classic growing-up story clichés, the film still manages to remain fresh by approaching these topics in atypical ways.
With an abundance of attitude and heart, this film is irresistible. Definitely catch this one even if musicals aren’t your thing.