Mar 27, 2011

Exit Through the Gift Shop Review

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Premise: Usually I would show a trailer, however the trailer to this movie is terrible. That being said, the movie is about a man named Thierry Guetta who always has a video camera with him. He starts hanging out with Space Invader, the well known graffiti artist. He gets to know all the big names, and then stumbles onto Banksy. While he's very well known for art, Banksy is also well known for staying out of the public eye. Only a couple of people actually know what Banksy looks like. While hanging out with all these artists, Thierry becomes very interested and becomes one of them. This movie is a documentary about his life and becoming a street artist.

Thoughts: I found myself really enjoying this film. I've always found graffiti to be neat when it's used in an artistic way. I like the work of Banksy, and Shepard Fairey, and discovered Space Invader from this film, who does retro video game art which I find to be awesome.

The inside stories of street art are pretty unknown to outsiders. The only other time street art wasn't looked at very negatively was Mark Ecko's Getting Up, which was an awesome video game and I recommend it a lot. It's very interesting to see some of what goes on in a graffiti artist's mind, or in this case Thierry Guetta's mind.

Banksy also appears in this film, but is blurred out with his voice altered. In fact, it's probably not even him. When you're blurring everything out, why not just use a different person to sit there and talk for you? This gives you 100% guarantee you'll stay out of the public eye.

Final Say: While I don't think every surface area on every wall should be covered in graffiti, I still think some of the artwork is very impressive. The movie shows an interesting story of Thierry Guetta that should be checked out. It's on Netflix Instant Watch, and if you have Amazon Prime then it's free as well. I give it 4*'s out of 5, or 8 *'s out of 10.

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