Review: A 14-year-old boy named Conor is growing up in Dublin in the 1980’s. To escape from his home strained life and by his parents’ relationship he starts to form a band. Another reason for forming a band is because he tries to impress a mysterious girl he likes named Raphina. He invites her to take part in the band’s music videos. He has dreams of moving to London.
Director: John Carney
Actors: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lucy Boynton and Jack Reynor
Genre: Art House, Drama, International and Music
This is from the director who did Once and Begin Again, both of which I have thoroughly enjoyed. John Carney hasn’t failed to disappoint me yet. This did remind me a bit of the film The School of Rock by Richard Linklater. Fantastic performances especially from Jack Reynor and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo. This is a great film for Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as this is the first feature film in which he has had such a leading role. One of the themes that this film displays is the power music has to communicate emotion, and even for it to stand in for conversation. This also shows us that it doesn’t matter what is going on at home or the turmoil of everyday life: music can transform us into something greater. So far this film has only had a very limited release in the cinemas but one hopes that it gets a much wider release. I loved this film from start to finish and would recommend everyone to go and see it. This has now made me want to buy the soundtrack album to this film. I came out feeling like I wanted to cry but also felt totally uplifted.