This movie is so interesting because while the context is light, entertaining and fun, the message is surprisingly deep and really explores the complexity of teenage feelings between love, school and home.
We start with a boy, who like any other, has struggles that feel unfair and unending. He starts a band to impress a girl, but this band comes to define him, proving an integral part of his growth and sense of worth. Sing Street really comes to tell a story about going all in, being exactly what you intend to be, and dealing with the consequences of that- both good and bad.
I think what I enjoy most about this movie is the focus on the teenage boy’s psyche. We see so many movies about teenage girls and their struggles, complexity, and drama but very few about adolescent/teenage boys. The only one I can think to compare is Billy Elliott, which is a personal favorite of mine, and there are many parallels; a musical passion manifests in a young teenage boy growing up in a rough and tough neighborhood where he finds not only an unlikely talent, but refuge. He pursues despite the ongoing hardships at home and at school and the ridicule by his peers. This story-line seems simple, yet I find it to be widely underused.
There is also the element of simplicity in the teenage boy’s psyche when compared to the girl’s, which lends itself to a more powerful plot-line. When you remove the overly-analytical aspect that naturally plays out with a female protagonist, the story becomes more explicit, as the focus is less likely to be consumed by the emotional aspects.
Sing Street is doubtlessly worth a watch and will not disappoint you. The story, the visuals, and the setting are all uncommon and intriguing, which means you will not be wasting your time, nor will you be hard-pressed to find someone who will enjoy this movie with you.