Simg Street is a 2016 musical, coming of age, comedy drama film, co-written, co-produced and directed by John Carney. It stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aiden Gillen, Jack Reynor and Kelly Thornton. The story takes place in 1980’s Ireland, about a catholic school boy starting a band to impress a girl who is an aspiring model.
This film features lots of great eighties musicians from Duran Duran to The Cure, The Jam to Hall & Oates and some original tunes from the main characters and the closing song by Adam Levine of Maroon 5. The Sing Street boys’ music starts out in the film rather cheesy like a kid wrote the lyrics, but eventually, their music gets better and more serious. They are pretty far from being as good as their musical heroes, but they aren’t bad in my opinion, but actually pretty talented in their own way.
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo did an excellent job as Conor Lawlor, the main character and frontman of the band. Lucy Boynton did an equally great job as Raphina the wannabe model. Jack Reynor who plays Brendan Lawlor, Conor’s older brother, did very good at portraying a lowlife, druggy and college dropout, who reminded me of an Irish Heath Ledger. Both Aiden Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy who played Mr. and Mrs. Lawlor, did okay, but not outstanding jobs and they weren’t in the film enough. The rest of the actors in “the band” did very well in their acting, but even better in their music.
This film not only shows life at an Irish Christian Brothers School, a parents divorce, the life of a young drug addict, but also young lads and their love and passion for music and young love. This is one, not only for music lovers and teenagers, but one that will make you not just appreciate eighties music more, but music in general. 13+ 4.5/5