Quickie - Sing Street
Updated: Sep 26
What a charming little film.
Sing Street was directed by John Carney and stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton in a tale of love, passion, and music, telling the inspiring story of a schoolboy who starts a band to impress a sixteen-year-old model he is madly in love with.
This movie just makes you feel good. It's so upbeat and happy that it transfers those feelings into you. It is a film very easy to dislike due to the never-ending supply of cliches and cheesy lines, but how could anyone dislike it? It's funny, pretty much all of the main characters are likeable, the music is great, and it hast the happiest happy-ending of all happy-endings! Really, how could someone not love Sing Street?
Let's begin with the screenplay. There really doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it, besides the awkward line or two. It is funny, witty, charming, and above all realistic. The kids in the movie talk like actual kids, something few movies achieve. Again, the screenplay just makes you feel good.
The film doesn't shy away from darker topics either, however. The script of the film dives head-first into some pretty serious discussions, such as abuse, bullying, alcoholism, divorce, and more. The screenplay is diverse in what it's about and the discussions it provokes, and that's an important quality to have.
Next up, the cinematography. At first, it may seem bland and not thought through properly, but upon further inspection, it really reflects everything going on on screen perfectly. When there are moments of chaos, the camera shakes unpredictably. When the moment is calm, the camera is still. The camera movement really reflects what's going on in the film, adding another aspect to the movie itself for viewers to dissect, and while audience members might not notice this immediately, it quickly makes the movie much more interesting.
Following the cinematography, we have the performances. All of the child-actors are fantastic. Their chemistry is great, as is their line delivery and expressions. Paired with the great script, these actors really deliver on comedic timing and emotion on an equal level that makes the film more engaging and believable.
Finally, the score. With a music film with so many great songs, one would expect the same film to have a pretty great score. Unfortunately, this aspect is where Sing Street lacks. The compositions feel clichéd, formulaic, and forgettable overall. It adds nothing to the movie whatsoever, and is overall incredibly mediocre.
Besides this hiccup, however, Sing Street is a fantastic film that we here at The CinemaScope recommend.
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