Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

Searching for Sugar Man
Directed by Malik Bendjelloul
Starring: Rodriguez
Grade: B [68]

As is the role of the documentary ‘Sugar Man’ surely succeeds in exploring a figure unconcerned with the limelight, the fate and whereabouts of humble musician Rodriguez an unlikely focus for grander commentary on how we treat artists as idols. A modestly-compiled story of researchers converging, the film takes a while to develop, and once its series of intriguing twists are revealed it struggles to regain that level of interest. Still, those with a reverence of cultural heritage may well be heartened by Bendjelloul’s treatment of this mystery, and the value that comes from watching a hazy legend evolve into a tangible reality. There’s something truly fascinating about a legacy being created through an unknown, and a talented figure of yesteryear finally acknowledged away from the confines of hear’ say. 

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