Sunday, August 12, 2012

Searching for Sugar Man


Documentaries are changing in an interesting way.  They're no longer just talking heads, biased views on politics, or preachings about the umpteen ways the world is coming to an end.  Some of them have the narrative stucture of a good mystery.  I saw one earlier this year called 'Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles' which was exactly that and quite good.  This particular doc, about an unknown American recording artist who unknowingly hit it big in South Africa, has gotten rave reviews at film festivals like Sundance and Tribeca and has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  But as always, I keep it real, and I never go along with the masses just to go along with the masses.  This is an interesting and hard to believe story for sure.  But, like another doc that got rave reviews this year, 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi', this is the kind of interesting story best learned in 30 minutes, at home, on TV.  It's relatively short at only 85 minutes, but I found myself struggling to stay interested.  So I can't recommend heading to the big screen for this one.  Just read about it on any number of sites that happily do spoilers.

Grade: C+

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