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5 reasons every ‘80s fan should see ‘Sing Street’



When I hear reports that I really NEED to see some movie or TV show that has an ‘80s angle, I’m usually a little skeptical. Netflix’s Stranger Things? Sure. The new Ghostbusters? Not so much. But an Irish movie released earlier this year - Sing Street - had me fully hooked from the start.

The Irish movie, released this spring, tells the tale of a Dublin teenager who desperately forms a band with his classmates to impress a girl he’s drawn to - and to help escape the realities of a recession-riddled existence and depressing family life.

Here are five reasons to put Sing Street on your must-view list:

1. The movie’s music is the real star of the movie. Songs by Duran Duran, The Jam, The Clash, The Cure and Spandau Ballet highlight an amazing must-own soundtrack.

2. The band young Conor forms - Sing Street - has an impressive collection of songs as well that will quickly become ear-worms. Riddle of the Model. Drive It Like You Stole It. A Beautiful Sea. All of it just dazzles.

3. It’s basically the ‘80s version of The Commitments. Without hearing Mustang Sally 10 times in 2 hours.

4. If not the music, it’s the strong bond between lovestruck Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) and his older brother Brendan (Jack Reynor) that fuels Sing Street. A dropout himself, Brendan takes pity on Conor and lends him records to help coach him with the band and his would-be love interest.

5. Some of the greatest movie lines I’ve heard in the last 5 years are here. “Your problem is that you're not happy being sad. But that's what love is, Cosmo. Happy sad.” Or this one: “No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins.” Or this one: “You don't need to know how to play. Who are you, Steely Dan?”

Trust me, no ‘80s fan can truly love our decade and miss out on seeing Sing Street.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 3:04pm]


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