“Sing Street” (2016)
Directed by John Carney
Running Time 106 Minutes, Rated PG-13
3.5 Mitch’s out of 5
It’s Dublin and the year is 1985. You don’t know how to play an instrument, but you’re gonna start a band anyways. Because of a girl, it’s always because of a girl.
So lies the foundation for “Once” director John Carny’s infectious and sweet natured “Sing Street”. The story of 14 year old Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is counting down the days until his parents’ impending divorce, and whose family strapped for cash transfers him out of private school and into a rowdy Catholic one. When Conor comes across a 16 year old would-be model Raphina (Lucy Boynton) who desperately wants to move to England, he forms a band heavily influenced by Duran Duran and The Cure.
Conor’s band, titled Sing Street play a little too well for the amount of time they play together, but the songs written by Carney are spot on for the time and that goes a long way. Besides Conor, Raphina, and Conor’s older brother heartily played by Jack Reynor who has great brotherly advice to spare but can see his best days already behind him, there is literally no other character development to be had. Still, heart abounds in this musically gifted coming of age story and deserves it’s tune to be heard.