Hello people! Bella here with another post for you. With so much homework and tests these past weeks, I wasn’t able to update the blog and write about a movie I watched. While searching for a movie that caught my attention amid so many titles available on Netflix, I came across Sing Street. After watching it I immediately decided that I would like to make a review of it here in the blog, since I saw few critics talking about it. So here are my comments:
Review: 4.5 stars
Directed by: John Carney
Screenplay by: John Carney
Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Mark McKeena…
Summary: Due to the financial difficulties of the family, Conor is tranfered to a public school. One day after class, he meets the mysterious Raphina and to impress her, he asks her to appear in a video of his band. There’s only one problem: he doesn’t have a band.
Director John Carney always tends to make films that have music as one of their main characters, so Sing Street would be no different. This movie premiered last year, but unfortunately it did not get so much recognition, because another original musical blew out its stardom: La La Land (read the review I wrote about it). If I had not randomly selected it on Netflix, I would probably never know of its existence, and would never have watched such a precious movie.
In Sing Street, we see the journey of a teenager going through trouble at school, at home, and with a troubled girl who stole his heart. So far, it seems to be like any other teen movie, but it is Conor’s journey to find his musical identity along with his newly formed band that gives the film its glow. In this feature set in Ireland during the 1980s, we see Conor’s discovery of the great rock bands such as Duran Duran, The Cure and The Jam and how these bands influence the music and style of his band.
Aside from having an incredible and somewhat nostalgic soundtrack, the original songs from Conor’s band (Sing Street) are truly wonderful. In each track, you can perceive the musical influences and of what experiences in the protagonist’s life he drew inspiration during the writting process. They are so good and addictive that I will even put its Spotify playlist at the end of the review for you to listen to. I know that after watching the movie, you will want to listen to it for a long time.
The choice of cast was also a positive aspect of the film, because all the actors, even if they didn’t have a lot of time onscreen, did great performances. The ones that impressed me the most were Lucy Boynton (Raphina) and Jack Reynor (who plays Conor’s brother). Lucy Boynton captures the confused personality of Raphina, who is apparently always happy when her life and modeling career seem to have no future. In other words, she feels happy even when she is sad and heartbroken. Jack Reynor who plays Conor’s brother did a sensational job playing the drugged older son who dropped out of college and still lives in his parents’ home with no prospect of life. What intrigues me most is that instead of Conor’s parents being the positive and encouraging influences in their son’s life, it is the older brother with no prospect of life who helps his brother with his band and gives the best advice. There is a specific scene that the actor does an excellent job that I won’t talk more about so I don’t give out any spoilers. I will leave it for you to find out what scene I am addressing.
John Carney’s directing is delicate and his transitions between the drama in the protagonist’s life and the perfect music world where Conor finds the relief from his problems, are very subtle. The setting, make-up and costumes bring a vintage artistic vision to the film. It seems like we’re watching a work of art.
Sing Street as a whole is the artistic portray of our reality and shows that we need to dream and leave our comfort zone to reach our goals, otherwise they will always be far from being achieved. It’s a feel-good movie and one of the best coming-of-age movies I’ve ever seen.
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