Here’s the part of the story where I tell you that I don’t really know Sparks. But a lot of other people are, and they’re here to The Sparks Brothers, a new documentary from director Edgar Wright. beck, Patton Oswalt, Jason Schwartzmann, Mike Myers, Fred Armisen, Neil Gaiman, Bjork, and many, many more people sat down to talk about the band with Wright.
Here is the synopsis of the film:
How can a rock band be simultaneously successful, underrated, hugely influential, and criminally ignored? Take a musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with brothers Russell and Ron Mael, celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks: your favorite band’s favorite band.
The Sparks Brothers had its Sundance premiere this year, with Sundance’s entry adding even more insight into what Wright has cooked up here:
Sparks is your favorite band’s favorite band, and will soon be yours too. Whether you realize it or not, Sparks probably played a part in something you love. They are a band that have been in the background of almost every art form for the past 50 years. Growing up in the ’60s, Los Angeles brothers Ron and Russell coped with a hectic diet of popcorn matinees and pop music until the spotlight of school talent shows lit their way into a musical journey that has so far spawned 25 studio albums.
Wright’s fiery vision brings five decades of invention to life through crazy animations and interviews with a who’s who of cool, and by digging deep into the band’s rich, career-spanning archive. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, this charming love letter to innovation, music, and two rebellious artists just might make this the biggest year yet for brothers named Sparks.
Reviewing the film at Sundance this year, Ethan Anderton of /Film wrote:
“The Sparks Brothers follows in the footsteps of many musical documentaries that preceded it. But with Edgar Wright behind the camera (and sometimes in front), this portrayal of Sparks is every bit as lighthearted and delightful as the music you’ll be tapping your feet to throughout the film. As soon as the movie is done, you’ll probably be adding Sparks songs to your streaming playlists and hoping this won’t be the last time Edgar Wright feels compelled to take us deep into one of his musical acts. favourites. “
There is no official release date for The Sparks Brothers just now. In fact, the doc doesn’t even have a distributor. But with Wright’s name attached, it’s only a matter of time before that changes, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends on a streaming service soon.