‘Sing Street’: A wish fulfillment about the power of rock ’n’roll

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna in "Sing Street." (Photo courtesy The Weinstein Company/TNS)

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna in “Sing Street.” (Photo courtesy The Weinstein Company/TNS)

Walter Addiego – San Francisco Chronicle

John Carney’s “Sing Street,” about troubled Irish schoolkids who form a band in 1985, has enough charms to overcome its prefab material. The director’s skill pushes what could have been the same old song into a likable testament to the saving powers of young love and rock ’n’ roll.

Because his parents have been losing work, 14-year-old Connor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who looks a bit like an adolescent Paul McCartney, is sent to a less-expensive, more rough-and-tumble school — which happens to be located on Dublin’s Synge Street. Connor is catnip to the new school’s ample supply of bullies.

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