Sing Street Review: The Feelgood Factor

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An Ireland-based Musical Rom-Com-Drama about teens in the 80’s who start a band called Sing Street.

One of the biggest critical hits of the year that grabs you with its joyous humour and keeps you interested with realistic characters. If you grew up in the 80’s this is for you. If you like homegrown, light-hearted, life-affirming dramedies, this is for you.  

The cast, made up of less recognisable names, are fantastic. The songs are all surprisingly good and really catchy, which could be an issue. Are they too good? But who cares?

Despite being impossibly charming and lovely, there’s a grittier backbone holding it up as it reflects the life in an 80’s Catholic society. There’s abuse and poverty but, in the end, it will leave you feeling cheery and hopeful, like a cheesy 80’s movie always will.

However, maybe it’s just me but I don’t feel any more friendly towards this film than something like Pride or Sunshine on Leith which did the same trick of a period setting, life affirming story with a big of grit.

It’s big and happy and great. It’ll make you laugh, cry, smile and feel nostalgic, even if it’s just towards a decade you’ve only seen in a film.

B+

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