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THE SPARKS BROTHERS

THE SPARKS BROTHERS

Edgar Wright · UK/USA · 2021 · 141 mins · PG
Awards IMDb8095%

Despite having a career that spans over 50 years and 25 albums, there's a decent chance you've never heard of Sparks. However, the pop rock duo comprised of Ron and Russell Mael and an ever-changing band behind them have undoubtedly influenced many of the synth-pop, new wave, post-punk, and alternative musicians you've loved over the years. Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Beck, Franz Ferdinand, and even "Weird Al" Yankovic have all been touched by Sparks, and in the enlightening, wonderfully playful documentary The Sparks Brothers, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) wants to make sure you are too.

The Sparks Brothers follows in the footsteps of many music documentaries that came before it. But with Edgar Wright behind the camera (and occasionally in front of it), this portrait of Sparks is just as lighthearted and delightful as the music you'll be tapping your toe to throughout the entire movie. As soon as the movie is over, you'll probably be adding Sparks songs to your streaming playlists and hoping that this won't be the last time that Edgar Wright feels compelled to give us a deep dive into one of his favorite musical acts.

“Less a documentary than an intensive course of art-pop hypnotherapy: even those who enter the cinema knowing next to nothing about the pair will leave feeling like lifelong enthusiasts.--Daily Telegraph

 “This funny, heartwarming, and thorough documentation of Sparks’ career [is] a benchmark by which all future music documentaries will be judged”.--FilmThreat

Cast 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Beck, Jason Schwartzman, Mike Myers, Fred Armisen
     
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