It took me a couple long sittings to make my way through Edgar Wright’s 140-minute definitive new documentary about The Sparks Brothers. I didn’t want to rush it, as it’s already a torrent of incredible content and creativity.
These guys are such kind brothers, gentlemen, and class acts.
Man, talk about committing to artistic integrity and never compromising one’s true vision, values, or intent in an effort to be more commercially viable or to curry favor by kowtowing to mercurial record company executives’ wishes.
The doc (like the brothers) is NOT everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a story worth experiencing, and the final 30 minutes are an enjoyable, sustained crescendo of their discipline, commitment to craft, love for music and each other, and impact on countless other artists worldwide. Amazing. Really amazing. Inspiring, I’d say.
I’ve added some 40 new songs to my already chock-full ‘Nov-Dec 2021’ playlist and will surely be entertained by it for years to come, as others who got to the party four decades earlier have year in and year out since Day 1.
It’s on Netflix. Check it out if you love music and movies, as it’s a neat intersection of their own love for both as captured by Ed, himself a storied cinephile and fanboy who does as great a job as their art deserves.