The Sparks Brothers

The Sparks Brothers ★★★★★

Pure joy for any fan of the band, but also a true-life shaggy dog story about artists remaining faithful to their extremely personal vision through five decades of fleeting fashions and widespread cultural changes.

The film's trailer had me a little worried that the film would be Hollywood-smarmy, and honestly there ARE two or three too many famous faces with no real personal or artistic connection to the band. But thankfully the film, like the band, refuses to ever take itself 100% seriously, saving it from hagiography.

Kind of miraculously, the movie gives us more behind-the-scenes info about the band than almost any fan will have encountered before, but also leaves the brothers with their personal mystique intact, leaving just a few tantalizing, unanswered questions around the edges. Exactly as it should be.