It started simply enough, like anything else does, I had wanted to see the movie "Exit Through The Gift Shop" anyhow, and then the CAC tweeted a contest, the first ten people to reply would receive a free pass to the show. Winning a pass meant not putting it off and actually seeing a movie for once.
I didn't know what to expect and that's what I got, starting with an interview of Bansky stating he's really not that interesting and the movie is actually about Thierry Guetta, a guy addicted to recording everything with his video camera. He falls in with street artists who realize maybe the fleeting nature of their work should be documented. Theiry moves up the food chain of artists until he meets Bansky who knows that while Thierry has captured years worth of film, he has zero ability, and is maybe too insane to do anything with it. Bansky confiscates the film and sends Thierry back home.
Unknowingly Bansky has turned Thierry into a monster who copies everything he's ever seen anyone else do. At this point as events escalate and Thierry's situation became more over the top each minute I realized, is Bansky pulling one over on us?
His genre of graffiti is a glimpse into an alternate world, so why should the movie he made be any different?
If you love graffiti, there's much to like in this movie, there's even a glimspe of Cincinnati with a piece you can see looking east from the CAC, that was sweet, and a few names I recognized, a fast shot of COMA.
Worth a look and a laugh even if you know nothing of the street artists.