At sometime in life, you might have heard about musical bands. Of course, in this ever-growing world, there exist all kinds of bands – successful, underrated, influential, even criminally underrated. But have you ever come across a brand that is a part of all kinds, as mentioned above, at once? The latest documentary by renowned filmmaker Edgar Wright introduces you to Sparks, a controversially famous rock band since the 1970s, through his latest documentary film – The Sparks Brothers. The film follows the journey of Ron and Russell Mael, the fingers and vocals behind the famous rock and pop duo band.
The Sparks Brothers narrate the tale of art pop’s one the most elusive duos known for their unorthodox approach to songwriting. The documentary remarkably features interviews from the team behind the rock band, Ron Mael and Russell Mael. It also includes snippets of interviews from various artists like Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Gillian Gilbert (New Order), and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), among others.
To make the documentary look more authentic, Wright included his interviews with the record producer, Giorgio Moroder, and Tony Visconti, who collaborated with the band, TV producer Jonathan Ross, rock journalist Paul Morley and several actors of the film industry, including Jason Schwartzman and Mike Myers. The film makers felt honored when their hard work was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest in January and March 2021, respectively. It later got a theatrical release on June 18, 2021, in North America and the UK on July 30, 2021.
The film garnered applause from critics and the audience alike. With a rating of 8 on IMDb, the film is being showered with praises for the superb screenplay and flawless execution by Edgar Wright. While appreciating the director, a viewer wrote that his work is nothing less than phenomenal when it comes to Edgar Wright. Another viewer, lauding the director’s vision, wrote that he believed only Edgar would be capable of doing justice to the band, and he’s ecstatic that Edgar did the task flawlessly. He also said that he was impressed by how art was given the center stage rather than the artists.
If you are a fan of pop music, The Sparks Brothers will be a match made in heaven for you. However, it would be best if you gave it a go since it brings you the life of one of the world’s most successful yet underrated rock bands.
This 2-hour documentary film by Edgar Wright gave us a clear insight into the life of Ron and Russell Mael. Unfortunately, since there’s nothing more to offer about the iconic duo, the makers confirmed that the sequel to this documentary is off the shelves. However, people can stream The Sparks Brothers on various online platforms, like Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Apple TV, and Vudu. Stay tuned for more updates.