Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including strong language and some bullying behavior, a suggestive image, drug material and teen smoking
Written and directed by John Carney
Starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor and more
The only downside to this movie is that the soundtrack isn't available right this second.
"Sing Street," which has thankfully already been bought by Miramax, is a delightfully sweet coming-of-age movie about a young Irish kid who starts a band to impress a girl and ends up finding himself in the process. It's delicately emotional and incredibly fun all at once, a celebration of following your dreams so full of hope and humor that you'll leave the theater feeling better about the world as a whole.
And that's not to mention the incredibly catchy, 80s-inspired music that desperately needs to be on my iPod already.
The movie is set in Dublin in the 1980s, where financial difficulties and his parents' crumbling marriage force young Cosmo to transfer to a lawless Catholic school (picture the worst inner-city school you've seen in American fiction, except with less shootings). Cosmo ends up starting a band to impress the mysterious girl who lives across the street, but as he starts writing his own music he starts seeing the future open up in front of him in a way it never had before.
Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, the complete unknown who plays Cosmo (this movie is literally his only acting credit), is absolutely wonderful in the lead role. He captures all the innocence, bravery and hope of being young and realizing there are stars to reach for, and if you don't fall in love with him by the end of the movie you're a stronger person than I am. The rest of the cast is excellent as well, particularly Lucy Boynton as the brash, fragile Raphina and Jack Reynor as Cosmo's loving but regretful older brother.
Even now, just thinking about the movie makes me smile. Get your hands on this one (and its soundtrack) the second you get the opportunity.