Question: What’s the best way to win a girl’s affection?
Answer: Start a band and invite said girl to be in your music video.
It sounds silly when you think about it but that’s exactly what happens in John Carney’s Sing Street.
Due to a slew of family problems, Conor is forced to deal with them aside from coping with his new school environment. But the biggest challenge he must face is something we all have to go through – growing up.
This coming-of-age film is brilliantly set in Dublin in the 1980’s when Duran Duran ruled the airwaves and music videos were just introduced. Our hero appears to be struggling at the onset of the movie. But everything changes when he meets Raphina, an aspiring model, and sets his eyes on her. She subtly rejects his advances until he pulls an ace up his sleeve, a chance to be in their band’s music video. There is just one problem, Conor’s band did not exist at the time. However, he begins recruiting bandmates with his manager, Darren, and eventually starts playing and writing songs with them.
The premise is simple enough and the story is very well-contained. But the overarching themes of the film resonate within every person who has gone through puberty and that’s where its magic lies. Couple that with an awesome soundtrack filled with new songs and ones from that decade and you have an entertaining yet heartwarming tale of overcoming obstacles and passionately pursuing your dreams.
My favorite moment has to be the ending where his brother, Brendan (Jack Reynor), aids him in his quest to go to England and become a famous musician. You see, it was Brendan’s dream to pursue music as a career. He cries at the sight of his younger brother braving the trip because it was something he wasn’t able to do and now Conor is attempting to do it. Cue Adam Levine’s Go Now and you’d get goosebumps. A close runner-up is their band’s first rehearsal. I really like the song ‘Up’ and seeing everyone make beautiful music together is inspiring at the least.
I’m glad they’re showing these in theaters here in the Philippines although I’m not sure if Filipino audiences will be able to appreciate it as much as I did. After seeing this movie, I searched for other music-themed films that I haven’t seen yet – Once, Begin Again, Almost Famous, etc. I had a deeper appreciation for one of my chosen crafts. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it.