Sing Street

Netflix Flim of the Week

“Mabs Does Movies” wants to bring you a recommendation from the two most popular streaming platforms every week (Netflix and Amazon Video) to indulge your binge watching ways. Here’s this week’s “Netflix Flim of the Week”.

Its the year 1985 in Dublin. 14 year old Connor Lawlor has just transferred to a free-state Catholic school because his parents need to cut back costs and can’t afford his current, more expensive education. His parents are fighting all the time and can’t stand the sight of each other. His older stoner brother is living at home after dropping out of college and his sister doesn’t really care about anything. His new school is terrible and he’s already been targeted by the school bully. After another terrible day at school, he sees over the road opposite the school gates a beautiful girl just standing on the steps of her house. Curious at the sight of this angel,  he goes up to her and asks her her name. She’s Raphina (17 years old) and she’s an aspiring model dreaming of moving to London to make it big. He wants to impress her so he asks her if she can star in his music video that he’s doing with his band. Only problem is that means creating an actual band and finding band members, naming the band, writing songs, and of course adding music to those lyrics…

And so begins the story of future indie classic “Sing Street”. Director John Carney is a master of portraying how music affects us. He showed it in his masterpiece “Once” (and still his best work), and did it again in “Begin Again”, and with his third musical act he hasn’t lost his touch. Carney has written and directed another  gorgeous film that echoes the great John Hughes coming-of-age movies from the 80s, with moments in this film that are pure magic. But it’s more than just a standard romantic movie between two teenagers (performed with perfection by our leads Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton). It’s a celebration of songwriting and how lyrics can emotionally affect us; motivate us in making life changing decisions. The soundtrack is perfection, with a mixture of original songs (written by Carney) and 80s classics from Duran Duran to The Cure. This great cast will make you laugh, cry, smile, and reflect. Watch it while its on Netflix.