Band of last resort for besotted teen
Sing Street; evolves from insecure geek into an assured frontman and, indeed, more man than boy as his feelings for Raphina — who we discover has a complicated social, family and relationship background to contend with — take hold.
There are some laugh-out-loud, era-related sight gags as the band transforms its look from Wham to Duran Duran depending on what music is most influencing them, and the scene where they are shooting their video in a fairly run-down part of town, wearing make-up, is cute without being overblown.
Of the more experienced actors, Reynor is excellent as Brendan, Conor’s older, seemingly wiser brother.
A stoner with a vast record collection, he takes his brother under his wing to teach him what music he should be listening to, not least to impress the opposite sex, but also because he can see in Conor a hope of escape.
Sing Street is a pleasing, heart-warming journey with a tight screenplay and a strong soundtrack. Carney’s ending is deliberately fanciful and doesn’t quite come off, but the feelgood factor throughout is enough to get the film over the line. ENJOY A Q&A AND PRIVATE TOUR OF THE MCA EXHIBITION WITH TIM DOUGLAS & RACHEL KENT.
McKenna and Walsh-Peelo in their home studio, left
Ferdia WalshPeelo, centre left, Lucy Boynton and Mark McKenna with co-stars in