Unfortunately, the dramatic Hollywood-style trailer is already redundant given that the French version has been reviewed by a multitude of mainstream media critics. The glamorous music video relies heavily on the starring of famous personalities such as Pharrell Williams and Kanye West, a strange tactic that is also used in the documentary itself when Kanye West is given the opportunity to speak about topics seemingly unrelated to the documentary’s topic: Daft Punk themselves.

History has proven that any media with the Daft Punk name stamped on it will be shrouded in mystery, and the strange multi-stage release of Daft Punk Unchained in the international music scene is no different.  Despite all the strange decisions, however, it does carry some weight. The French version features a well-presented set of interviews with people who have worked with the duo over the years. It also contains thoughtful commentary on the duo’s album releases and musical progression within the broader international scene,  along with unknown facts about the recording process for their most recent album Random Access Memories and unique footage of their younger years as a band.

There is, however, a blaringly obvious omission from the documentary: interviews with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, the faces behind the Daft Punk masks. It may have been wishful thinking to believe that the elusive artists themselves would make an appearance, although the trailer and hype surrounding the documentary certainly suggested it. Daft Punk Unchained, like everything else related to the group, therefore remains in the realm of speculation. 

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