Kansas: Miracles Out Of Nowhere full movie review - Engaging Documentary
This engaging documentary, directed by Charley Randazzo, traces the formation of the rock band Kansas, in the 1970's, through their years of initial struggle, to their eventua
l signing with a major record label (run by Don Kirshner), and finally to their breakout hits such as "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind". Those hits would propel the group into being one of the most popular bands of that era, and perhaps of all-time, with their fabulous sound and lyrics.
The original 6 band members are reuniting to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of their first album. The film effectively moves from one band member to another as they recount their history, through remembrances and anecdotes. They really "paid their dues" with a grueling schedule of gigs, traveling around Kansas in a school bus, and often living on $1 per day. Even when their break came and they signed with Kirshner, it was still a long hard road to success.
There's also in the doc what you might call standard interviews with those that worked with the group in that era, as well as high praise from such icons as Brian May (Queen), as Kansas often was the opening act for Queen. Also, Garth Brooks has been a follower and big fan of Kansas for a long time.
As other reviewers have noted, it was rather puzzling why the movie ended with their highly successful "Point of Know Return" album, which skyrocketed the group to huge fame, and left the viewer with no clue as to what happened to the group over the next decades. I had to go research what happened to find out for myself.
However, even with that omission I found the presentation of the documentary to be excellent, and it kept my interest throughout, as the film is only 1 hr. and 17 min. in length. As a young man growing up in that era, I truly found their sound to be terrific, but I never knew much about the group till seeing this movie. I would agree 100% with the reviewer that finds it an egregious omission that Kansas in not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to date.