“Sing Street,” from Director John Carney, is a must-see movie for anyone who likes music and specifically, 80s music. The movie is set in the 1980s in Dublin where a young teen escapes the some of the hardships he faces growing up through making music.
From the start, the music plays a central role in connecting the audience with the story. Since this movie takes place in the 80s, it’s no surprise, Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) might approach Raphina (Lucy Boynton), an aspiring model, and ask her if she will be in a video his band plans to shoot. But there is no band, at first; he is attracted to her and wants to impress her. Walsh-Peelo brings natural musical talent, grit and charm to Cosmo’s character that help make the formation of the 80s music-inspired band of fellow schoolmates a reality. Boynton’s mysterious character, Raphina, is realistic as the centerpiece of 80s videos, and dazzles in her musical appearances. Cosmo’s perspective is captured beautifully in his music, and Raphina’s role as a muse can be seen early on.
It’s so often we might not be able to see the connection between a movie and our lives, but in “Sing Street” one can through the eyes of a teenager growing up in a household marred by turmoil, having to deal with bullies and finding romance. Throughout the movie, Cosmo is being given a crash course on 80s musical influences that find their way into his own music, and I think this gives viewers a sense of the music that characterized the time. The natural flow of the story, the convincing acting and relatable themes all add to this feel-good drama that paints an optimistic picture in troubling times.