Benjamin Maio Mackay
Sing Street - 5 Stars
This movie is simply perfect in every way.
SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents' relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band's music videos. There's only one problem: he's not part of a band...yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he's promised - calling himself "Cosmo" and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.
John Carney’s films have always been hit and miss (Once is great, Begin Again less so) - but this may be his best picture yet. It’s definitely the best film of the year. With a story that’s heart warming and beautiful you can’t resist, but go on a journey with these characters. It has a perfect mix of drama, comedy and music - the script couldn’t be better.
The performances and music are also sublime - I’ll definitely be buying the soundtrack! Also, unusually the film has a happy ending - which is so rare these days in film.
Overall you’d be an idiot to miss this beautiful movie.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment