Sing Street Blu-ray Review
“Sing Street” is one of 2016’s biggest surprises.
Set in Dublin, Ireland in the 80’s, “Sing Street” is a coming-of-age story that revolves around a teenager (Conor) whose family life is rife with drama. Conor’s life gets turned upside down, however, when he meets a hip girl named Raphina. Wanting to impress her, Conor lies and says he has a band and he wants Raphina to be in a music video. Of course, he doesn’t have a band, but he quickly forms one. From there on out, Conor’s love of music deepens as do his feelings for Raphina (despite the complications that arise in their relationship). What does the future hold for Conor? That would be telling.
Writer/director John Carney (best known for “Once” and “Begin Again”) has once again crafted a music centric movie with “Sing Street,” but this time around, he has outdone himself. Despite having a rather predictable plot that is very reminiscent of the similar “We Are The Best!,” Carney’s latest film is a charming winner that is filled with catchy and fun tunes and rich themes about family, music, dreams, and love.
As good as those elements are, it’s the cast that elevates “Sing Street” above all else. Unknown actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo astonishes in his first film role in the main role of Conor. He gives such an assured, natural performance and his singing abilities are first rate. We will all no doubt be seeing him in more films to come I’m sure. Equally impressive here is Lucy Boynton as the complex Raphina. I wasn’t familiar with this actress before, but again, I would wager she will be cast in many more projects. The real standout here though is Jack Reynor who steals the movie as Conor’s brother Brendan. Even though the movie is about Conor, Brendan is really the heart of the movie as he plays the wiser older brother who encourages Conor to go after his dreams. Reynor really gives a touching and funny performance here and it’s easy to see why he has been in some major Hollywood productions as of late.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc boasts a crisp hi-def transfer that is sure to please fans of the film.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A stellar track that really delivers in the music department.
* Digital copy.
* The Weinstein Company trailers.
* Cast auditions for Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Mark McKenna, Ben Carolan, Ian Kenny, Percy Chamburuka, Karl Rice and Conor Hamilton. John Carney also provides thoughts on casting.
* A short extra in which John Carney and Adam Levine discuss the music of “Sing Street.”
* “Making Sing Street”- A standard making of with interviews, film clips, and character and plot discussions.
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