Review: Sing Street, 2016, dir. John Carney


I adored John Carney’s Once, though as I look through this site’s archives it occurs to me that I have never written about the film in all my seven years of writing for the web. Shame, shame. Anyways, Once is a treasure, and in regards to Once Carney’s latest film, Sing Street, feels like an altogether different treasure. Once is bittersweet and heartbroken; Sing Street is joyful and optimistic, though not without its share of emotional suffering. There are wounded people all over the place here, desperate, broken, hopeless people, but the tone of the film is more uplifting than that. It’s a movie about those people finding ways out of their gloom, unsurprisingly through music.

My full thoughts on the movie are detailed over at Paste Magazine. Jump to it.

2 thoughts on “Review: Sing Street, 2016, dir. John Carney

    • Honestly, I kind of felt numb to “Begin Again,” which is odd – it does a lot of the same things as “Once” and “Sing Street,” but I think its lack of strong social context sort of hobbles it by comparison. Time and place play a big part in shaping what the latter two films are about; divorce “Sing Street” from its period and you suddenly have a film about a kid who wants to form a band just to impress a girl, instead of a film about a kid who wants to form a band to impress a girl but also to get the fuck of out his circumstances (and Dublin).

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