Imagine stepping back into the vibrant, sun-soaked days of 1960s California as Disney+ delivers a deep dive into the surf-rock harmonies of The Beach Boys with an intriguing new documentary. Co-directed by Frank Marshall and Thom Zimny, this film chronicles the highs and lows of one of America’s most iconic bands, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse that feels both intimate and grand.

In a tale woven with music that defined an era, we start with the band’s humble beginnings. Picture three brothers, a cousin, and a friend jamming in a garage until supportive family members supply instruments and studio time. This launchpad catapults The Beach Boys into meteoric fame. The documentary guides us through the exhilarating rise of the band in the early ’60s, exploring their celebrated rivalry (or collaboration, as some reveal) with The Beatles. This narrative might be my favorite part—even a seasoned fan like myself found new layers in familiar stories.

Throughout their trajectory, we witness the creative genius of Brian Wilson, the tension of his withdrawal from live performances, and the band’s struggle under the shadow of their overbearing manager. The film doesn’t shy away from rugged patches, like the late ’60s and ’70s when the world seemed to dart past them, focusing on Brian’s innovative yet challenging pursuits into experimental sounds. Mike Love’s ongoing battle for recognition from within the band’s songwriting credits adds another layer of complexity.

However, not everything is thorough—some bits feel briefly touched upon. A quick nod to their bizarre Charles Manson connection leaves one curious for more, while the upbeat ‘80s comeback hit “Kokomo” makes only a late appearance. Plus, the choice to stretch archival footage into modern TV’s widescreen format seems ill-judged, squeezing compositions awkwardly.

Nonetheless, the documentary shines, giving a “definitive look at America’s band,” sparking appreciation for their timeless music. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to their sound, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding. Start humming “Don’t Worry Baby” and let the magic of The Beach Boys carry your day.

The Beach Boys documentary is now streaming exclusively on Disney+. If you’ve watched, share your thoughts below—did it engage you as it did me? Share this story with fellow music lovers and let’s dive into some sun, surf, and sensational tunes together.