“Sing Street” Hits Theaters – And Misses

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Photo credit: the Official US Trailer (from google images)

This time of year, it’s often hard for movies made by smaller companies to be heard over the din of big blockbusters. Although this is often accepted as ‘just the way it is,’ many audiences, disillusioned with the pompous, overbearing, and utterly plotless failure that was Batman v Superman, may be looking for something new.
They’re in luck.

Sing Street, written and directed by John Carney, the creator of Once and Begin Again, follows Connor, an Irish teenager growing up in the 80’s, who transfers schools and starts a band in an attempt to get the girl– with mixed results. With a fresh and likeable cast, wonderfully witty dialogue, and a soundtrack full of incredibly catchy original music, this earnestly silly movie about brotherhood, creativity, and uncertain futures pulls you in from the first chord all the way to a surprisingly poignant ending. This movie is a load of fun and I would highly recommend it.

Perhaps the only mistake made with this movie was the release date. It came out at the same time as many bigger movies, and has been edged out so much that the only place I could find it showing in the whole Bay Area was the Embarcadero Center in SF. Fortunately, it won’t be long until it is released on Netflix and other streaming services. I hope that John Carney is not discouraged from making more in this same delightful style.

Check out the trailer at: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2509419801?ref_=ttvi_vi_imdb_6

(Rated PG-13 for strong language, teen smoking, and extreme eye makeup.)