Director: Herve Martin-Delpierre
BBC Worldwide Productions
An interesting, and worthy documentary that traces Daft Punk’s music and antics back to the start, in fact back to the pre-robot days when, in an early review of their shoegazer-ish group, they were written off as making “daft punk”. So, Guy-Manuel de Homen-Christo and Thomas Bangalter promptly set about making Daft Punk.
From the rush of early club singles and bedsit gadget-tinkering they arrived at the sound sold to the world with astonishing debut, Homework. From there the duo made sure to stay hidden under helmets allowing them to make movies and movie-length video pieces, to soundtrack films and take years off to meticulously craft and plan their next move.
If you’ve never cared for Daft Punk then – well, first up – why are you reading this? I’d like to tell you that this film should still be of interest, it’s well made and it tells an interesting story of a march-to-their-own-drum-machine duo. But this documentary probably works best for the lapsed fan or newly initiated. Random Access Memories turned a lot of people onto – or back onto – the band. It also baffled a few fans that were there in the early days. This documentary makes it up to that album’s release. From there it’s anyone’s guess, right now, as to what the band’s next move will be. Will it end with this documentary?
What I liked was that I was reminded of the albums I’ve given no time to in recent years (Discovery) and the ones that I really rated but still seemed to forget about (Human After All, Tron: Legacy OST).
So we wait to wonder if we’ll hear a brand new thing anytime soon. A whole new project that goes even further into a future-funk feel, or a return to the sparse techno of their roots….while we wait there’s this. A really great run-through of the clever things this duo has dreamed up and achieved.