Movie review: Searching for Sugar Man

By Columbus Alive
From the October 11, 2012 edition

Ah, there’s nothing I love quite as much as a “too strange not to be true” documentary. “Searching for Sugar Man” fits the bill.

It follows a Detroit musician known as Rodriguez. A folk-rock singer-songwriter in the vein of Dylan, he recorded a handful of albums in the early ’70s.

Despite immense talent, he saw little success stateside, but somehow caught on in South Africa — unbeknownst to him.

“Sugar Man” follows two fans as they attempt to track down the enigmatic artist.

This tale is as fascinating as it is heartwarming. There’s a tragic irony in the sort of unknown fame Rodriguez achieved — particularly in our fame-obsessed culture.

The chapters unfold naturally, and you’re better off not knowing much before going in.

I was particularly taken by how good this man’s music was. At a minimum, it would be great if the doc exposes a new generation to Rodriguez.

Like “Argo,” it’s a story that would be unbelievable, if it didn’t, y’know, happen. Check it out.