Sing Street’s 80s homage charms

Dublin-set romance is a rapturous musical collaboration


SING STREET (John Carney). 106 minutes. Opens Friday (April 23). See listing. Rating: NNN


Sing Street is an autobiographical dramedy about a kid (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) in 1985 Dublin who starts a band to impress a girl (Lucy Boynton) and winds up discovering a passion for pop.

The songs are terrific New Romantic pastiches, and the actors are charming (especially Jack Reynor, who turns up as our hero’s cynical older brother), and if Sing Street confirms that Carney, who made his name as the writer/director of Once and Begin Again, has only one trick as a filmmaker – the infectious rapture of musical collaboration – well, it’s a pretty great trick.

Check out our Q&A with Sing Street actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo here.

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