Documentary Review on Exit through the Gift Shop
Exit through the Gift Shop is an interesting British documentary film directed by Banksy. It is a story of a French immigrant, Thierry Guetta, who lives in Los Angeles and owns a vintage clothing shop. Guetta is obsessed with recording videos with his camera. He attempts to locate and make Banksy his friend. In the end, he creates a film that has the footage of Banksy, Invader, and many other street artists who are known for their graffiti works.
The first topic is on camera obsession and features Thierry Guetta’s habits of filming everything and anything that came his way. He goes on to discover the presence of his cousin, Invader, who is a street artist. With his fascination for Invader’s work, Guetta goes on with his obsession and decides to follow Invader on his drawing missions. Towards the end of the film, concentration shifts from Guetta’s obsession to Banksy’s love for street art. Despite the fact that he is the film director, Guetta takes the step of explaining to the audience how Banksy’s life as a street artist is.
Banksy, in his anonymity, appears to be an interesting character that blends into any situation. For instance, when Guetta is caught in the security park, Banksy changes his clothes and blends in with other citizens without being noticed. Evidently, Banksy creates street art because of his passion. Seemingly, his main aim is to pass on important information in a non-verbal way. The fact that people are unaware of him does not hinder his cause. His passion is the main thing that drives him towards street art. Mr. Brainwash, on the other hand, is not an artist but someone who follows instructions from the main man, Banksy. This is evident in the fact that he has a team of artists that work under him. He is also involved more in marketing work rather than drawing.