Zappa Documentary Reviewed

Source: C-VILLE Weekly.

A documentary about the life and work of Frank Zappa is so obvious that it seems like there should already have been four or five of them. Watching Alex Winter’s Zappa, it becomes clear why no one attempted it before, and why Winter is the right filmmaker for the job. How can any one film capture the spirit of a perfectionist who delighted in deconstruction? Zappa was a prolific, genre-hopping creative force with a staggeringly large catalog who was indifferent to recognition. Where do you begin with a life so varied that even his most conventional output defies categorization?