Title: Sing Street Director: John Carney Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 46m
“Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city state school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and über-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart, invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ‘80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Combining Carney’s trademark warmth and humour with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, Sing Street is an electrifying coming-of-age film that will have you dancing in your seats!”
0:57 - Some really dodgy indents going on here. 3:24 - “I’d take your brother out of college, but he’s already dropped out.” 9:04 - Proficient isn’t really a huge compliment in terms of instruments. 12:44 - The handwritten business cards are adorable. 15:12 - Phew, Take On Me really stresses me out. He only did two lines. 20:56 - “Ce n’est pas le nom de group.” 23:39 - “Rock and roll is a risk. You risk being ridiculed.” 31:17 - This kid bass player is so inspo, I’m jealous. 36:19 - “No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.” 39:04 - Also well jel of the house that has instruments just littered around. 45:43 - Love is happy-sad. 48:47 - I’ve been listening to a lot of The Cure recently… 1:03:04 - Back to the Future reference! 1:04:46 - Biscuit kisses. 1:16:22 - Playing guitar by the sea must be pretty peaceful. 1:17:19 - Loving the confidence of just refusing to admit you are who you are. “Nope, not me, you’re thinking of someone else.” 1:24:34 - Worst bod ever, love him. 1:38:00 - “You’ll probably die, but go on.” Best brother.
This was a good film, very much in the same vein as the other John Carney ones, although not as good as Begin Again, I’d argue. It was intensely eighties, and portrayed an Ireland that is sometimes hard to fathom, but I did enjoy how the main kid kept adapting his look as he watched more and more pop videos.
The kids were all supremely talented, and the story of the budding romance was good, but if I’m honest, I was more interested in the brother. He seemed to have life sussed and I really want to know what happened to him more than know whether they made it to London or not.
Still, good music, good times.