Movie Review: Sing Street (2016)


Music is one of the most important things in this world, at least I think it is. Without I honestly don’t know what the fuck I’d be like.

Ladies and gents… “Sing Street”.

Welcome to Dublin in the 1980s. We follow young Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) as he gets transferred to a new school in the wake of his family’s financial issues. Then one day he sees a mysterious (and beautiful) girl (Lucy Boynton) that he falls in love with. We then starts a band to try to impress her. And now we have a plot that honestly floored me. Because it’s not just a romantic comedy, but it’s a heartfelt coming of age story that managed to pull on my heartstrings quite a bit. It is a very relatable tale of family, love, friendship, and following your dreams. Sure, there are a lot of familiar elements that we’ve seen in a lot of movies, but the way they’re done in this movie is so great that it overcomes those elements. Yeah, it’s a great plot.

The characters in this movie are all very interesting and they also feel very real. Before this movie I had never even heard of Ferdia Walsh-Peelo at all, but I have to admit that he was great in the movie as Conor. He’s a very relatable character, even if I’ve never gone through all the shit he has. Jack Reynor plays his brother in this movie and he was terrific in his role. Aidan Gillen plays their dad and he was great. Lucy Boynton who played Conor’s love interest, she was great in the movie. The guys who played Conor’s friends, they were all really good. The guy that played the bully (yes, there’s a bully in this) he was really good. All of the actors in this movie did a great job with their performances.

The music in this movie… oh my god, the music in this movie! Since it’s basically a movie about music they of course had to nail it when it came to that aspect, otherwise this would have gone totally to shit. But they actually managed to do it! The original songs that they wrote and recorded for this are pretty fuckin’ great. Really catchy, really well written… it’s genuinely great. But they of course had a bunch of licensed tracks spread throughout, and not only were those tracks ones that I like… they actually fit the scenes in the movie very well. In other words, this movie has an amazing soundtrack.

The movie was directed by John Carney and I think he did a really good job. There’s nothing fancy or groundbreaking done with the camera, but the movie is visually appealing. The movie also has a good amount of humor in it, and I did think all of said humor was very funny.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on it has a score of 8,0/10.

“Sing Street” is a pretty damn great movie. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, great music, great directing, and some really good humor. Time for my final score. *Clears throat*. My final score for “Sing Street” is a 9,89/10. So it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Sing Street” is now completed.

Ah, Ireland…

3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Sing Street (2016)

  1. Whoa! I’d never even heard of this one, but it sounds amazing. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

    For what it’s worth, I really like the thought of the soundtrack completely nailing it, which is what a soundtrack should do. I hate it when movies use music that doesn’t “match” – it’s so distracting.

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