Film Review: Sing Street
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★★★★★ There are a handful of films that come along and fill you with pure joy - you know the ones. They’re the ones that stick, which you inevitably watch over and over and love everything about them. John Carney brings us such a film, possibly his best yet. And that’s saying something, this is the man who brought us the brilliant Once and the less good, but still solid Begin Again. Going back to his native Ireland, he sets this film in the 1980s and we follow young school boy Cosmo (wonderful newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) as he’s taken out of private school by his feuding and broke parents (Maria Doyle Kennedy and Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen) and placed into a bully-filled public school for the first time. He quickly falls for the mysterious wannabe model Raphina (a scene-stealing Lucy Boynton) and forms a band in order to impress her. It’s a fairly straightforward story made all the richer by the hilarious and goofy musical moments as the boys in the band discover classic 80s music and looks, constantly changing their appearance as they find their own sound. The original songs are remarkable, and bound to become hits. It wouldn’t be surprising if Sing Street spawned a musical of its own, like Once before it.
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