Sunday, 15 May 2016

Preview film review of Sing Street

My husband and I went to see a preview screening of Sing Street at the Showcase in Birstall this morning thanks to ShowFilmFirst.

IMDB says: 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.

In this John Carney (Begin Again, Once) written and directed film, newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo stars as Connor/Cosmo, a young boy whose parents Robert, played by Aiden Gillen (TVs Game of Thrones and The Wire), and Penny played by Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending) are splitting up and in an effort to save money they move him to a new school, all-boys Synge Street Christian Brothers School, where bullies, including the head priest, conspire to make his already miserable life worse.

Jack Reynor and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo in Sing Street (2016)

Noticing a beautiful girl who always seems to be waiting on the steps opposite school, Raphina (Lucy Boynton: Miss Potter, Ballet Shoes), he approaches her and when she tells him she is a model he asks her if she wants to be in his music video.  To his surprise, she agrees to think about it and this leaves him with a problem, he has to put a band together.  His one friend Darren (Ben Carolan), introduces him to loner Eamon (Mark McKenna: WGN Morning News) a great musician who can help him put his lyrics to some great music, then they recruit Ngig (Percy Chamburuka), Larry (Conor Hamilton) and Garry (Karl Rice), now they have a band.

Helped by his brother Brendan (Jack Reynor: A Royal Night Out, What Richard Did), he keeps his mind off his parents and school by concentrating on trying to get the girl by putting together a great look and sound, followed by some promo videos.  Can Connor/Cosmo lure Raphina away from her older boyfriend and into his arms?

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna in Sing Street (2016)

There are some great performances from new actors in this film, which produces a feel-good movie with heart.  I think Ferdia will be one to watch and Boynton, but for me, his brother stole the movie, Reynor encapsulated the essence of the theme of the movie.  With a great soundtrack of both classic 80s tunes and original music (a soundtrack for Sing Street will be available when the movie hits cinemas), this little gem deserves to punch above its weight in among the blockbuster superhero movies of the moment. 

Trivia: Premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Ferdia Walsh-Peelo's (Connor/Cosmos) father and uncles attended the real Synge Street Christian Brothers School. Mark McKenna plays Eamon: a young talented Irish guy with a musician father. In real life Mark McKenna's father is a musician named Eamon.

Lucy Boynton and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo in Sing Street (2016)

Tagline: Boy meets girl, girl unimpressed, boy starts band.                                         9/10


In theatres on 20 May.

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