“Sing Street” made me want to start a band despite the fact that I have no musical talent. The passion for music that is evident in both the characters and creators of this film is absolutely infectious. I guarantee that this movie is going to inspire more than a few kids to get together after school to start jamming out on whatever they can find.
The movie concerns itself with the life of “Conor Lalor,” a young man growing up in Dublin who, due to financial problems, has been moved from an expensive “posh” school to free state-school “Synge Street.” Conor’s life at Synge Street begins with a dead rat thrown at him, being threatened with a sling shot, and an unfortunate and demeaning encounter with the school principal. However, Conor’s school life drastically changes upon meeting “Raphina.”
Raphina is a beautiful young woman with aspirations of becoming a model and dreams of moving to London. By offering her an opportunity to appear in a music video alongside his band, Conor is able to smooth talk Raphina into giving up her phone number. He’s got the girl, now all he needs is the band.
However, much like the music of the titular band, “Sing Street,” the film evolves as it progresses and the focus of the film shifts from cheap laughs to genuine human drama, from comedy to tragedy. The characters of “Sing Street” do not live glamorous lives but through their music and camaraderie they are able to both escape their present and find hope for their futures.
Some people might find the unhinged optimism of “Sing Street” to be a little cheesy, but it’s my belief that we NEED movies every now and then with that unbridled "joie de vivre." After watching “Sing Street” I had a big dopey smile on my face that I could not wipe off for the life of me, and I can only hope it’ll have the same effect on you.
Final Verdict: Thumbs up.