Sing Street Thoughts
Sing Street is one of the most talked about indies of 2017 and director of Once, John Carney’s third feature. I loved Once and was looking forward to seeing another musical film by John Carney but I found it to be a frustrating movie. There are a lot of great ideas in the movie but the film fails to live up to its premise and it’s irritating because it wasn’t that hard to mess up. Carney’s personality came off annoying during his second feature claiming problems with Hollywood but Carney’s writing & decisions come off annoying instead here.
Sing Street starts off strong. It’s got some quirky humor, some cool characters and is paced perfectly. Even though it’s got a simple premise, Carney’s direction is fun enough & it utilizes the 80s scenery perfectly. I have to admit I loved seeing the band go through phases as they discovered new music and the soundtrack is terrific. Now here lies the faults in Sing Street. There is absolutely no conflict in the movie. You could say it’s all about getting the girl but even that plot point doesn’t seem strong. I get that it’s a romantic comedy, but it is still so freaken unrealistic in that realm. There is no struggle in forming the band. They somehow find all these kids and the band forms. There is no pushback or anything, it just happens. Also the main kid goes from shit guitar player and shit singer to a professional immediately. It makes no sense. Everything falls in place for the main character.
As the film goes on, the terrific elements of the film are slowly discarded. The band gets discarded which is odd, because they were more interesting than the protagonist. They become background noise besides the kid who looks like Bill Haverchuck in Freaks & Geeks. He’s way cooler than the protagonist and I rather see a movie about him. The film drops all humor that it had in the beginning. It becomes too serious and Raphina was a horrible character. She’s super unlikable & boring and I was rooting for the main character to not get with her. She was the epitome of manic pixie dream girl. The whole bully storyline has a very weak payoff & could have been utilized better.
Thankfully the film is still entertaining through out even with its apparent flaws but the ending proved how stupid the movie was. It’s one of the worst endings I’ve seen in a film. I can’t express to you how stupid & unrealistic it was and the director’s defense for the ending is moronic. There wasn’t any point in the movie that supports his theory. SPOILER He claims it was a fantasy dream like a music video and that they didn’t sail on a boat to London. Yes they took a small boat in a rainstorm from Dublin all the way to London. And the brother is responsible for all this. END SPOILER
Sing Street is an interesting concept and has a cute story at the center but it’s one of the most poorly written movies I’ve seen all year. The movie has no strong plot or conflict. Everything happens continently for the protagonist and it abandons its strengths slowly as the movie goes on. The lead characters are a bore and there is no reason to root for them to get together. The idiotic ending capitalizes on the flaws of the movie and I would never ever want to revisit this movie. I’ll listen to the soundtrack for sure but I’ll never watch it ever again. Even though it’s making a lot of people’s top 10 lists, I don’t understand how. It’s script is a failure and it’s full of massive flaws. And again that ending is moronic. Sing Street could have been something great but John Carney was too busy complaining about Hollywood to make a coherent movie. At least we got to see Littlefinger dance.