This much is true: writer-director John Carney (Once, Begin Again) knows how to tell an endearing story through music. And when he goes back to the eighties, the result is totally awesome.
Sing Street is a let’s-start-a-band film set in 1985 Dublin, the decade of Duran Duran, Hall and Oates, Spandau Ballet and the Cure. The premise is simple: teenager Conor (Ferdia Walsh Peeolo) and some wild boys from the Synge Street neighborhood start a band to get a girl’s attention and stir up the neighborhood in the process.
Carney has crafted a feel good film that utilizes the notorious new wave era and the power of music to spin an unforgettable coming-of-age tale where a kid makes his dreams come true. It’s one of the best ten bucks you’ll spend this year.
Simply put: Just like heaven. Sing Street hits all the right notes.
Award potential: Drive It Like You Stole It could easily become the third consecutive song from a Carney movie to be nominated for an Oscar.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.