Review by Bluray Junkies
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back is a documentary that tends to work best when it stops overanalyzing and starts focusing on his mischievous art. For more than 20 years Cattelan has earned praise for his works and also has recived his fair share of scorne.
The film’s director Maura Axelrod does an excellent job at examing this as he recalls Cattelan’s artistic and tounge in cheek pieces Including a time when he broke into a gallerstole and exhibited them as his own.
The result is an uproarious and thought provoking documentary. It’s hard not be awed by his 2011 retrospective art piece that hung atop the Guggenheim’s rotunda.
However fun the film is it also suffers when experts are introduced and the film stalls as they attempt to study Cattelan’s past. While the opinions from museumgoers are brief and professional opinons are not really stronf enough to challenge the art or to engage the newcomer to the genuis of the artist and that’s where the film falls short.
But still the art is the star of the film and there is plently of it. The film does outline Cattelan’s career which was great, it also leaves you wondering if he was a true artist? A con man? A genuis? insane? Or was he all the above? And thats what really drove the film home is it made you see this artist from all different angles and in the end you make your own decsion.
Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back was a fun trip through a artists mind, it was entertaining and eventhough it falls short in areas you do forgive it as it picks back up and ends strong. It’s worth seeing.
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