Thursday, April 8, 2010

Beautiful Losers (2008): review- 4/10

The story of a group of artists who displayed work in a particular New York gallery and who achieved commercial success.

The documentary consists largely of interviews and captures the mood of a Generation X art crowd, whose work reflects their interest in grafitti, popular advertising, signs and cartoons.

The artists percieve themselves as "outsiders", but then become very successful, and therefore definate "insiders", an irony that the film-makers do not dwell upon sufficiently.

But then the film does not really ask any difficult questions either of the viewers or of the subjects or of their work: it is essentially designed to celebrate, and is therefore less interesting than it might be.

It is also overlong, by about 20 mins.

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