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Sing Street isn’t technically classified as a musical, but it might as well be; it’s a narrative drawn and progressed through music. Each track is a literal evaluation of the themes and characters, pushing the movie forwards through song and giving it a raw, kinetic energy. The soundtrack to John Carney’s film isn’t just a supplement, it’s everything, and the fantastic music adds to an already great story.

Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) is keen to approach the model across the street. After convincing her to join his band for a video, he’s forced to confront the first obstacle; creating a band. Through this process, a group of misfits come together, and a lovely story about growing up and expressing oneself entails.

Walsh-Peelo has a charisma to him that’s uncanny , and the film’s entire cast brings life to the vibrant characters. There’s a antiquated nature to the idea of the misfits coming together, but the film really makes it work due to the chemistry between the actors. The romance is also well handled; there’s an actual complexity to the star crossed lovers, and the story progresses in interesting and even unpredictable ways.

Sing Street may be this generations great music movie, not just because it has great songs, but because it understands what music is; a forum of expression that allows for the unspoken to be heard. That may sound pretentious, but the film is anything but; in fact there’s a broad appeal to the story that’s not exclusive to music, or even art. Sing Street is about moving forward, and the film’s success may be indicative of such progress in the industry. Grade: -A

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