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New Beach Boys Documentary Review: How to Make Good Vibrations

The wholesome ocean-breeze appearance of the Beach Boys might have turned them into a joke if not for their delightful sunshine melodies. The Beach Boys” by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny is a Disney documentary that focuses on their intricate harmonies. The film highlights the challenges the band faced but mainly aims to keep the positive vibes alive.

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Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson were raised in a musical family in Hawthorne, California. They eventually combined their considerable talents with those of their cousin, Mike Love, and a friend, Al Jardine. Through a series of polite interviews and mostly ordinary performance clips, the documentary shows how their music thrived on four-part harmonies, surf culture, and mesmerizing arrangements reminiscent of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound.

Brian, who despised touring, was the band’s homebound musical genius. He infused their pop tunes with a unique touch, while their father, Murry, managed them with relentless pressure. Moments from “Pet Sounds,” their groundbreaking 1966 album, consistently revitalize the film. However, it gradually conveys a sense of a band that ceased evolving, despite showcasing a competitive edge with the Beatles.

The film welcomes any deviations from its obligatory timeline, such as a cringe-worthy studio recording of Murry, and it’s delightful to hear how highly the Wrecking Crew, a famed group of session musicians, regarded Brian. For pop enthusiasts, the Beach Boys still enchant with those four simple words: Wouldn’t it be nice?

Watching a documentary about the Beach Boys, you expect immersion into their California dreamin’ era of early surf hits, the vibrant charm of songs like “I Get Around” and “Help Me Rhonda,” and the story of Brian Wilson’s quest to transform pop songs into mini-symphonies. You want insights into the making of “Pet Sounds,” their rivalry with the Beatles, the unfinished “Smile” project, and how Brian’s mental and emotional struggles affected him and the band.

You want to see how the other members, though adrift, managed to regroup, even if it meant becoming a different entity. The Beach Boys saga is a delicate balance of splendor and fragility stretching from L.A. to “Holland,” touching on figures like Van Dyke Parks, and Charles Manson, and hits from “God Only Knows” to “Kokomo.”

Frank Marshall, known for the 2020 musical documentary “The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” and Thom Zimny, well-known for directing numerous Springsteen videos, impressively accomplish all of this in “The Beach Boys.” One might wonder how the film condenses the Beach Boys’ extensive career into just under two hours. Yet, with a conventional yet fan-friendly approach, it succeeds through tasteful clarity and showmanship, capturing the essence of the Beach Boys moment by moment.

The film features fantastic, previously unseen archival photos that offer an intimate look at the individual Beach Boys (showcasing Dennis Wilson’s inner sweetness and Brian Wilson’s inner strength). Although much of their history is now almost mythic, Marshall and Zimny tackle the story with fresh eyes.

They’ve crafted a documentary as if no prior films on the Beach Boys existed (despite numerous documentaries and the celebrated biopic “Love & Mercy”). The result is a film that could captivate someone unfamiliar with the Beach Boys and still deeply satisfy an ardent fan like me because of its curious nature. It glides smoothly on unique details, the perfect anecdotes, and new insights.

Frequently asked questions

When does the Beach Boys documentary come out?

Watch the Beach Boys documentary on Disney+. Disney+ is the only place where fans of The Beach Boys can see their most recent music documentary. Anyone with a Disney+ subscription may watch the documentary online after its broadcast on May 24, 2024.

How long is the Beach Boys documentary?

I was curious how the film was going to fit the Beach Boys’ whole career into one hour and 53 minutes. However, it pulls this off with deft precision and flair in a brazenly traditional and fan-friendly manner.

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