We sallied forth to the Cineplex this evening to see Sing Street, on the strength of 97% on the Tomatometer. I was suspicious. I read that it is a charming, even infectious film about a bunch of Irish kids who put together a band. Hmmm, that seems vaguely familiar. It’s a brother story. It’s a cheesy love story. It’s set in the 80’s and as a result, is full of 80s pop music.
Not very surprising confession: I never much liked 80s pop music. If 70s pop music like Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles sent me running to folk music, 80s glam-pop keyboard-driven music kept me firmly there. It just didn’t resonate with me, as if I were born in the wrong time and the wrong place. What I’m saying is that this is a film I was unlikely to enjoy.
The thing is that Sing Street really is charming and infectious. The cast does a great job, and the filmmaker really pulls it off. Go see this one. Toss aside your expectations and have fun.