Sing Street

Sing Street

Boy meets girl. Girl unimpressed. Boy starts band.

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A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

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Title Sing Street
Director John Carney
Director of Photography Yaron Orbach
Runtime 1 h 46 min
Certification PG-13
Release Date 15 April 2016
Tagline Boy meets girl. Girl unimpressed. Boy starts band.
IMDb Id tt3544112
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Oh to be young and in love, in 1980s Ireland… How do you win over the girl of your dreams? Impress her! The fact that you’re the lead singer in a band is surely a winner. But hang on, Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is not a singer, nor is he in a band… Luckily the naive optimism and creativity of youth quickly solves those minor problems, with a bit of help from various random schoolmates and his older brother Brendan on the one hand, and a bit of hindrance from his parents and the school principal on the other. And so his wooing of Raphina (Lucy Boynton) begins…

Indeed, this is a light coming of age tale, but a funny one with plenty of classic 80s music – The Cure, The Clash, Spandau Ballet, A-Ha, and Duran Duran all feature on the soundtrack. But Conor’s own band also create some pleasantly catchy tunes – the first one being ‘The Riddle of the Model’ – which is, you guessed it, about his muse Raphina.

As a proper teenager, Conor is at least as much in love with the idea of being a struggling and rebellious artist as he is with Raphina. When he begins to figure out that Raphina is also a person, and one that is actually a bit more complex than he himself is, he is still not deterred; if anything it only makes him want to go for broke even more. And that is how we arrive at an overly sappy ending – in line with your average ’80s teen-comedy-slash-coming-of-age-tale. It is a bit too easy, but at the same time doesn’t detract from the journey to get there. It is a small movie treading over familiar ground, but in a refreshing and enjoyable way. Simply a fun watch.

★★★½

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