Sing Street (2016)

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Sing Street Movie Review

Sing Street is a 2016 Irish musical teen film directed by John Carney. It is one of the most overrated films of the year.

The plot here basically revolves around a boy trying to impress a girl by starting a boy band. And it ends with the two of them hooking up together. Needless to say, it is an incredibly clichéd, overly happy and saccharine movie. Now, the film is somewhat charming in its joyous tone, there’s no denying that. But an entirely predictable storyline is always a problem and here it’s the movie’s worst offender.

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You can never do anything by half; do you understand that?

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The characters are also not particularly memorable. Most of them were too good in my opinion and all of them are archetypes. The main character was somewhat annoying and I never connected with him. The girl is a typical female love interest, the brother is a typical junkie and the parents are splitting up. And you also have regular school bullies. Everyone here is either ordinary or forgettable. The acting is competent, but none of the actors impressed me.

Sing Street is solid as a musical and it succeeds as a musical much more than as a coming-of-age film. The music is solid and all of the songs are fun and catchy. I also liked those sequences where they made music and collaborated together as those were really well executed and were some of the highlights of the movie.

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The Irish setting is intriguing, but besides that, everything here is otherwise pretty ordinary from the plot to the characters to the fairy tale ending. The direction is good, the editing is also pretty good, the score is great and the film is very well made. And it is also sometimes moving and definitely has its charm with some very light, but effervescent sequences. But because I knew what was going to happen every time and because I just wasn’t invested in either of its characters, I found the movie somewhat lifeless, especially in the second half. It is certainly a solid film, but far from a great and even good one and it is most definitely a very overrated picture.

Sing Street is a solid film that is competently made with some pretty good music and it has its charm for sure, but the film is so clichéd and so predictable to the point of being very annoying as there isn’t anything truly original or unexpected in it whatsoever. The characters were also not particularly memorable leading to such an overrated film.

My Rating – 3.5

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Song of the Sea (2014)

Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea Review

 

Song of the Sea is an Irish animated fantasy film directed by Tomm Moore who previously directed the now famous Oscar nominated “The Secret of Kells“. And he’s got another winner with this film proving once again that he’s quickly becoming a big name in the animation industry.

Like his previous work, Song of the Sea is based on the ancient Celtic myth, this time the one of selkie. I found the story in this film captivating. It really is. It may seem simplistic at first, but I really connected later, especially in the wonderful finale which is filled with emotion. That whole scene is just indescribably beautiful and although prolonged and somewhat too emotional, it is still not only heartbreaking, but wonderful to behold, both emotionally and visually. The whole story is very engaging, well crafted and wonderfully executed making you want to know how it will all end.

The characters in the film are pretty good. They are pretty simplistic, but mostly good. The father is very well developed and the children are really sweet. The relationship between brother and sister is just so endearing to follow. But the character design is excellent, human as well as selkie and that very charming dog that made me smile every time he was on screen. One flaw that this movie has is unfortunately the acting which I think is rather flat sometimes. It is at times good, but often quite weak to the point of a distraction. The pacing is also a bit too slow, but still very leisurely and pulling you in with its story and visuals. The voice acting is the only flaw I found in this otherwise remarkable animated film.

Song of the Sea is incredibly original and the story has such a great mythology and world building to it. It has a big heart and although childlike, it is very mature as well. It has such a great adult and child appeal and is wonderful for the whole family. The tone is deft, the dialogue is pretty good and although I wished for less of it due to the film’s nature, I still loved it. It is wonderfully old-fashioned in its execution and it has such a timeless appeal to it. And it just knows when and how to end which I appreciated a lot. The whole world here is beautiful to stay in for an hour and a half and it is such a moving tale.

Now, the animation. What is there to say other than it is simply marvelous to behold. The hand-drawn animation here is so wonderfully crafted, artistic, almost like paintings.  Especially the scenes at the sea as well as the ending are extremely beautiful and pleasing to the eye. The animators managed to make such a simplistic animation work and they made it seem like art which it really is. It is a technically splendid film which has exquisite animation and I also think the score is terrific, very moving and fitting to the story. Some of the imagery here is just breathtaking to behold. Some of the designs of the characters I wasn’t a huge fan of, bust most of it was pretty good. The animation may seem simplistic, but in a deceptive way as it is incredibly artistic and profound.

When I compare this film with the other animated films of 2014, I would rank it below just “How To Train Your Dragon 2” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” (if you count that movie as a 2014 release, of course). It is better than all the other animated movies released in this particular year and Tomm Moore should be congratulated for making another masterful feature film. I know that critics usually say his previous work is better, but in my opinion, Song of the Sea is quite on par with “The Secret of Kells” and maybe even better and I am so happy for both the director and Irish animation that they are gradually establishing themselves as major players in the animation arena. This charming film is really a feast for the eyes and heart, it is a movie that does not disappoint and every animation fan, like myself, will most likely adore it.

With arresting visuals, emotional finale, breathtaking artwork, superb and charming plot, Song of the Sea is definitely one of the best animated films of the year mostly thanks to its fascinating hand-drawn animation which is really charming and has a lot of heart, it is also artistic and simply fantastic. The movie also has an amazing score and all around brilliant technical aspects. Some character designs could have been better and some of the voice work is stiff, but this is still a very good, exquisite film with a captivating tale and wonderful artistic quality to it.

My Rating – 4.5

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