New Zappa Doc Reviewed

Source: The Washington Post.

In “Zappa,” actor and filmmaker Alex Winter provides an economical, uncritical documentary about the eponymous musician, who died at 52 in 1993. Frank Zappa became famous as an iconoclast, his note-heavy, hyper-orchestrated instrumental riffs meshing with satirically pointed lyrics to create a cerebral, funny, musically mind-blowing genre all his own. Here, Winter is given the keys to Zappa’s vast and varied personal archive to deliver an encomium to an artist who would have been enormously influential had anyone been able to keep up with him. Failing that, he’ll simply go down in history as sui generis.