Film #292: FRANK ZAPPA: EAT THAT QUESTION
Frank Zappa: Eat That Question
4 out of 5 stars
Documentary director Thorsten Schutte (I WAS THE KING OF PORN) pours through the Frank Zappa Archives and paints an intriguing portrait of an artist of which many have heard, but far fewer have actually heard. Made up mostly of interview footage from radio and TV talk shows, EAT THAT QUESTION is an examination of one of history’s most misunderstood artists in his own words. Composer, musician, activist, creator, pusher of boundaries… are all things that have been said of Frank, but EAT offers a more intimate portrayal of the man. In the film, you see the artist at work, get his thoughts on composing, Art, and what it means to be a musician. Youalso see the trajectory his work has taken over the years and a bit of the man and the toils that his genius made on his life. The film is well-made and comprehensive, but, by necessity, it has to explain so much of FZ’s discography that the film, at times, may seem superficial to longtime fans. Stick with it... there is some gold here. The important thing though is that this release brings Frank’s music and perspective to a whole new generation. Fun, informative, and well crafted, EAT THAT QUESTION is a fitting document of FZ which should sit comfortably on the shelf alongside things like Barry Mile’s ZAPPA biography and the work of Zappa’s son, Dweezil (with his Zappa Does Zappa touring band), is doing.