Thursday, January 6, 2011
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.
This is one of the most entertaining documentaries that I have watched. It starts out following a french film maker as he enters the world of street art as it slowly starts to explode. He travels around filming various artists, until finally he meets the legendary Banksy. Reluctant at first, Banksy finally allows him to film him while he works.
This movie takes you deep into the street art world, something that has become immensely popular and that is around much more than you even notice. Banksy pushes the limits with his work and sends a message with each piece of work that he does.
The best part about this movie is that it is not only a documentary about street art, but it also shows the making of a monster. Someone who went from a nobody to a wealthy artist over night, but riding the backs of other people to get there.
This movie was cool enough just with the artists work to go see it, add in an interesting plot and you have a very cool documentary that most people will enjoy.
When to Watch Rating: Indie Film Mood
Coming Soon to DVD