Sunday, March 31, 2024

Steve Martin: A Documentary in Two Pieces - 4 Stars - APPLE - March 29, 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed the new Steve Martin documentary - Steve Martin:  A Documentary in Two Pieces.  The Pieces begin with Steve's rock star days making stadiums full of fans laugh in the 1970s. The filmmakers allow Martin to explain the struggle behind his success, especially waiting for the world to catch up with his humor.  I fondly remember the days when my friends would whisper "We're staying home Saturday Night, Steve martin's gonna be on Saturday Night Live."  Part two examines Martin's film career, and a sly look at his third act, as a writer, star of Only Murders in the Building, and pal of Martin Short with whom he delights audiences in their two man shows. Along the way, we learn of Martin's love of art and the way he uses it in his films.  Father issues, yearning, success and failure, contentment---they're all here.  He's a really interesting man and this is the documentary Steve Martin deserves.