It is Banksy, hence you can expect a somewhat incisive, somewhat ironic, somewhat off sounding piece. This manages to be a good documentary on MBW, which raises as many questions as to how it was done as it tells about actual events. I was really engaged the whole way.
A gem by Banksy who, through this hilarious and ironic Troyan Horse, aka Mr Brainwash, dismantles and destroys the art Establishment and its pompous aura from within. A stroke of genius by a modern hero who found a fitting vehicle for his parody of the modern art world, a reflection of a bloated and souless class unable to differenciate gold from turd anymore.
Another F for Fake (although Brass Eye is closer). Parody, spoof or whatever it is - a point not worth pondering for long as it’s just meant to be amusing - it does raise points, intended or not, about that perennial question, What is Art? (capital A of course), although ‘street art' (lower case I think) is a gentrified term for often illegal activity no matter how inventive it sometimes is - that case not debated.
You can't argue that Banksy is always looking for that angle others miss. The main protagonist is treated humanly with the film maker taking care to aim a scathing v-sign towards the greater art world - whilst documenting a loveable chancer just trying to make a quick buck at their expense!
Certainly an interesting focus and rich insight into the world of street art. The sheer quantity of footage from the early vlogger clearly made for a whole other film - an impossible task for another editor to pick up perhaps. An engaging documentary, but veering away from the life of Thierry to his alter-artist-ego who is framed as more of a joke. I wonder what he thinks of this?
A palimpsest, appropriate for the form detailed, painting over Thierry's (likely better) film with a tone between repulsion and confusion. The funniest parts are when the Named figures of the street art community disavow MBW's work as "not someone ready for a show" when this contradicts the ethos of street art - all the buildings are a stage for the revisionist play of post-colonial life. Fuck the art world & Banksy
This is truly one of the greatest documentaries. Fans of Banksy will see concepts from his other work continued in this film which makes you laugh and question reality. To anyone who's seen Banksy's art you may experience a similar feeling when watching this film in wondering whether you're the butt end of the joke.
Maddening. I love street art, love subversion, love passion, not so sure about obsession in and of itself, but goodness knows that focused through the right prisms it can leave the world a fun(nier) and better place. Ok, also a bit idiotic. Sometimes that happens. "I don't know who the joke's on, really. I don't even know if there is a joke." 3.5 stars
how this MBW guy (or at least the representation of him) makes it through the street art panorama, while twisting an already twisted form of art (intended to be spontaneous, denying any rules), is really an amazing case study about the consumerism of art and its making-of in today's world. being or not a "prank" by Bansky does not remove its value.