You may recall that I was enamored with the movie Sing Street even before it came out here in the USA back in April of 2016, but I never gave you my opinion once I saw it! I need to do so quickly, because it is still on Netflix and you all need to rush to see it while you can.
Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: I told you it would be nominated for an Oscar. It wasn’t.
It was, however, nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. It didn’t win; La La Land did. But Sing Street has a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (higher than Wonder Woman, to date!) and it definitely wins the prize for my favorite movie of 2016.
I’m not going to give away more of the plot than they do in the tagline under the picture above. I’ve read too many reviews that tell way too much; if you are the kind of person who likes that, then Google away, but you won’t get it here. I’ll just say that Ferdia Walsh-Peelo is incredible as Conor (in his first acting role ever!); Mark McKenna’s deadpan, rabbit-loving Eamon is a fan favorite; and I personally laugh at almost every line mumbled by Karl Rice as the bassist.
After seeing the film at an early preview with David and Deb, I began taking all the fry to see it, piling Q and a varying cast of friends into the car on any given night. Before it was out two weeks, I think I had seen it five times, and I listened to the soundtrack over and over. (I’m especially fond of the original songs “Up” and “To Find You,” although “The Riddle of the Model” has a special quality of its own.) I do, of course, now own the film on DVD as well, which is handy for the ability to use subtitles to figure out what the heck Darren, the manager, is saying in some scenes! That Dublin accent can be a killer if you aren’t used to it.
Over a year later, Sing Street still delights me. It’s been shared through word of mouth with pretty much everyone Quinland and I know. I’ve had young people tell me it is their favorite movie, and I’ve gotten great feedback from some “old people” (my friends on Facebook), too:
- Watched last night & LOVED it!
- Great movie with great music!
- Watching it now. Love it! Laughing so hard (like thigh slapping). Love me some 80s!
- Thanks for the Sing Street recommendation. Great movie with awesome music. Reading your post and seeing the movie made Facebook worthwhile.
So there you have it, movie fans: Sing Street. I love it; everyone loves it; it makes Facebook worthwhile. Hurry and see it. (Then leave a comment and let me know what you think!)