Monday, April 18, 2016

Sing Street

Two years ago, Writer/Producer/Director John Carney created my favorite movie of 2014, Begin Again.  This week, he scored once more with my, so far, favorite movie of 2016, Sing Street.
The story concerns a 15-year-old Dublin boy named Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) in 1985, who is forced to switch to a less expensive high school…Synge Street…, run by the tough Christian Brothers, because his family has fallen on hard times.

When Cosmo’s heart strings are plucked on seeing Raphina (Lucy Boynton), he claims he is putting together a band and wants to use her in their video.
Creating a band and shooting the video while having to deal with his crazy parents (Aidan Gillen & Maria Doyle Kennedy) and the malicious school disciplinarian (Don Wycherley) plus his school nemesis Barry (Ian Kenny), provides a great adventure for Cosmo and a fun-filled cinematic experience for us.

Director Carney has created his magic with the help of his Begin Again team, including Cinematographer Yaron Orbach and Editors Andrew Marcus and Julian Ulrichs.   

Together with Casting Director Louise Kiely, who had done a masterful job in finding first-time actors like the exceedingly talented Walsh-Peelo, Sing Street will warm your heart while keeping your toes tapping to the band’s music.

I give Sing Street a 4.7 out of 5.

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