Saturday, April 25, 2020

Ariela Rubin on Banksy Most Wanted (2020) Tribeca 2020

I have seen several Banksy documentaries before, so I was a little worried that this would be similar, and that I would be bored. However, that was not the case. Banksy Most Wanted is a documentary that revolves around people and journalists trying to uncover who Banksy really is. No one has been that famous, and managed to be invisible before. 99.9% of the world doesn't know who Banksy is or what he looks like.

This documentary tells the history of Banksy's art starting in Bristol, England, going to to New York, to Gaza, and more.

Bansy's agent speaks in this, and that I found really interesting. He said 50-60% of his time was spent trying to keep Banksy anonymous. He says people will never be able to know who he is. It's really fascinating.

I felt that this documentary played out kind of like a mystery movie. First we hear from one journalist who thinks she figured out who he is, and I'm sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find out if her revelation was correct. Then to the next journalist, and everyone has a different theory. There's even a criminologist who uses methods that people normally use to track down serial killers, to try to track down Banksy.

I really enjoyed this doc. I felt it flowed well, and kept me curious. It was also the perfect runtime of 90 minutes.

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