Conor announces to the girl of his dreams, Raphina that he is in a band and asks her if she would like to model in it. It's a spur of the moment lie which he then has to back up by making friends with some musicians.
The backdrop to the movie is the gritty reality of economic depression, set in the Dublin during the 1980s. The movie brings back fond memories of punk rock and the costumes are spot on.
The soundtrack is where the movie really shines. It contains original music like the catchy 'Drive It Like You Stole It' and classics from the era by The Clash, The Cure, A-Ha, Duran Duran, Genesis, The Jam and Spandau Ballet. I'll admit I was tapping my feet along to many of the tunes. I loved seeing how the band was influenced by the musicians and music videos as they progressed through their formation.
At times the movie is heart-warming and hilarious and other times it becomes dark and brooding. There are moments when the conversation contains beautiful philosophical comments.
The Director says he regretted the ending and the last few scenes are a bit of a let-down, but overall this is wonderful feel-good movie about how music plays a role in our formative younger years.
Sing Street is currently showing in cinemas around Australia with the soundtrack out on iTunes.