Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What's On Netflix? SING STREET

Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a film or series currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans.  This week's selection is the small indie hit of 2016, SING STREET!
Sing Street surrounds a boy named Conor, who lives in Dublin in the 80's. Conor lives a troubled home life, and in order to escape this he starts a rock band with some kids from his school in order to impress a girl that he likes. The plot is rather straight forward and makes for some enjoyable set ups with the band and Conor and the girl. With little to no dead spots, Sing Street is a powerful coming of age tale, and this decade's American Graffiti.

One thing that Sing Street brings is the pure nostalgia. There are several scenes where Conor's brother is showing him some older rock n roll music, or the two of them are watching some older rock n roll music videos. Even before the band is formed, just hearing this music that you used to hear as a kid is a pure joy. So once Conor and his friends do actually form the band, and begin playing their own music, which is heavily influenced by the records he was hearing, it's pure audible bliss. It takes on small bits of a musical, with a couple rather large music numbers where the band is playing a song. They bring a lot of light hearted enjoyment to the rock genre, making you feel almost like a little kid again watching the film.

The next note is obviously how original and powerful the music is. The lyrics to the songs are incredibly well written, and then of course instrumentally the songs rock harder than some rock bands today. But director John Carney doesn't take the film as a straight on musical, but rather as a coming-of-age story centered around music. But versus being a coming-of-age story about a group of friends in films like American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, it focuses more around Conor and the girl that he likes.

As an audience, we really do connect with Conor on a rather intimate level. But besides Conor, we don't really connect with that many characters. So it's an interesting approach on Carney's part, focusing on one person coming-of-age versus an entire group.

The only down side to the film, is the amount of attention it isn't getting. This is one of the most original and exciting films to release this year. All of the performances from the young actors is immaculate, the screenplay channels Dublin in the 1980's with ease, and the music forces you to start singing along, tapping your foot to the beat. Sing Street is a blissful coming-of-age tale for the modern day that creates what could hopefully become the next big rock band. With strong screenwriting, a talented young cast, and grand direction from John Carney, Sing Street is definitely the American Graffiti of this decade, and it masterfully makes you relive the 80's.

Joshua's Score: 9/10

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