Film review – The Sparks Brothers (2021)

The Sparks Brothers

Everything about the band Sparks seems like a contradiction. They are a hugely influential pop and rock duo and yet have been overlooked and underrated throughout their five-decade career. They come from the beaches of California, USA, and yet embody and have mostly appealed to a European sensibility. They have released 25 studio albums, have never stopped working, have always been uncompromising and innovative, and yet are still somehow underrated and largely unknown, except possibly in passing, and sometimes dismissed as a novelty act. When acclaimed English filmmaker and mega fan Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) decided to make a feature documentary about them, there was no shortage of acclaimed musicians and other celebrities who agreed to talk on screen about their love for Sparks, and yet brothers Ron and Russell Mael are not remotely as well-known as their famous fans.

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