Do you remember the first time you sat down and watched Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" music video? Can you still feel that sense of weightless joy and excitement of watching the teen pop star dance around in that iconic school girl outfit and pink pom-pom hair ties? It was the perfect prototype for late '90s pop.
That's exactly how brothers Connor (newcomer Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) and Brendan (Jack Reynor, a potential young Han Solo) feel watching the music video for Duran Duran's 1983 hit "Rio" for the first time in this exclusive clip from Sundance Film Festival charmer Sing Street -- only it's the '80s, and John Taylor wasn't one for pink pom-poms.
Of course it doesn't take long for their dad (played by Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen) to criticize his sons' taste in ~ hip ~ new music. "If this is the future, we're all screwed," he says in the clip, lamenting the bygone halcyon days of The Beatles. (Yawn.)
Sing Street combines the unique charm of coming-of-age movies with influential '80s music. Over the past decade, writer-director John Carney (Once, Begin Again) has carved out his own unique genre of film: happy-sad musical romance. No one understands the narrative process of songwriting, and falling in love, quite like Carney.
Unlike his previous films, Sing Street is a hopeful, nostalgic romance set in Dublin in 1985. The film follows 15-year-old Connor's ambitious venture to pull together a ragtag band to impress a girl. After all, most musicians get their starts writing lovelorn songs to classmates they fancy. But Sing Street cuts deeper than teenage romance, thanks to brilliant performances from Walsh-Peelo and Reynor.
Older brother Brendan becomes Connor's musical guru of sorts, lending him records and giving him tips on how to impress Raphina (Lucy Boynton). As Connor learns more about Duran Duran, The Cure, ABC, and other bands from Brendan, he shifts his musical styles and looks to reflect his newfound knowledge.
Sing Street opens in New York and Los Angeles on April 15, ahead of a national wide release.