|Title:||The Sparks Brothers|
|07.16.21||Internet|| I don't know anything about this band Sparks but I was interested to see how Edgar Wright takes on a documentary. My hope was something like Straight Story or Fantastic Mr. Fox where a director's drawn to new cinematic genres and the mixture of sensibilities really works. But then again, I found stuff like Eight Days a Week and Pearl Jam 20 to be pretty standard fare (did I even see Eight Days a Week? I can't remember).|
This lands somewhere in the middle. Wright's wit shines through pretty consistently in the editing and occasional planned interview bit and it's very very clear that he loves this band, but it's also too long. I don't think I needed to hear about EVERY album from a band known (I guess) for their long and prolific career. In parts I kind of felt like I was watching a cinematic equivalent of a wiki article. And it doesn't help that the music still doesn't really connect with me, so aside from a few Giorgio Moroder synths I felt pretty removed from how genius and influential this stuff is.
But I certainly know that Sparks exists now, and a whole cavalcade of famous people and ex band members have told me how great they are, and they seem like interesting nice guys so that's good.