Director and writer John Carney has shown in previous films such as Once and Begin Again to be a master at making music influenced films without being hokey or over the top. His stories are deep, but relatable accompanied by a superb original soundtrack, which has become a lost art in Hollywood in the age of digital downloads. Carney goes back to his Irish roots with his new film Sing Street, a coming of age tale of an Irish kid named Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who tries to fit in at his new high school in the ever-changing trendy 1980s.
Set in 1980s Dublin, Sing Street focuses on a pop star wannabe named Cosmo who must navigate his new school while trying to impress the ladies with his band that changes its style like the wind blows. One day the band will be sporting their Duran Duran jackets and the next morning The Cure makeup has been applied. Sing Street captures the fickle fashion moments inspired by the music of the decade that anybody who grew up in the 1980s can relate to through their own incriminating pictures from the past. The nostalgia factor in Sing Street will bring a smile to your face with the music, clothes and social commentary of the time.
Reminiscing about the past on film will only take the audience so far in their viewing experience. You need a character to care about and Sing Street has that in the form of Cosmo. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo gives a strong and identifiable performance as a young man dealing with chasing the girl and his music dreams all while dealing with family drama that causes him to end up in a new school full of bullies both student and faculty. Cosmo is a guy you can look at to see something of yourself in him. He’s a fun character to watch, even if you cringe at some of his fashion risks.
Sing Street is nothing groundbreaking compared to Carney’s previous work entries, but is still a pleasure to watch including some standout scenes with Cosmo and his brother Brendan played fabulously by Jack Reynor. John Carney doesn’t change his formula helming Sing Street and at times you do feel like you’re watching one of the director’s past films just with different players involved. Luckily the acting is great, the 80’s centric story is sentimental and the soundtrack is full of classics and original tunes that makes you tap your feet and forget about Sing Street‘s familiar tone.
Overall, I give Sing Street 3 out of 4 stars.
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