Did not expect this to wow me as much as it did. It brings nothing new to the table but has its own style and manages to entertain you with such ease.Also the songs are freaking good! SO GOOD! The only negative parts about this are some of the plot decisions that were way too predictable and crowd pleasing.
[2nd time] I'm so happy I gave this film another chance. Although it's a cliché story I can't help being overly charmed by it. Besides, I appreciated its direction a lot more as well as the performances by the whole cast. Lucy Boynton's performance as Raphina still is my favorite, truly one of the highlights of the film. I also loved the soundtrack and enjoyed the music references that appear throughout the film.
It's quite an accomplishment to take a chewed-up premise, develop it in a predictable way and still wrap up a fresh, lovable film. Director's view at Ireland's transition from industrial catholic country to neoliberal success story is personified in characters teenage issues and paralleled with pop culture mutations. With just enough sentimentality, it is a cleverly scripted and elegantly directed childhood memoir.