Bomb It Reviews
September 13, 2009
Documentary about graffiti artists and their motivation, why they do what they do. Rather than just show New York, this one goes across the world, covering different pieces and different artists in Toykyo, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, Hamburg, London and shows how the different cultures and different cities influence their work.. Fascinating, entertaining and reasonably even handed view of the origins, development and politics of graffiti, and some beautiful art too, though I guess that depends on your personal view - is it artistic expression or unfettered vandallism? Included are some telling shots of giant billboards to make you ponder over the acceptability of mass corporate advertising in cities, when throwing up a colourful tag can get you arrested.
January 30, 2014
Gave it a spin off the To-Watch Pile recently, and I still enjoy the art form but remain conflicted about how I feel about the attitude that it represents, like you own a building and I have the right to spray whatever I want on the side of it, y'know?
I just can't bend my mind around that style of ego.
September 13, 2010
A well done graffiti doc. I have watched a bunch of these and this one offers everything you want. It touches on everthing that is important and even goes accross the globe. I doesn't take a PBS approach and is for people that are a little familiar to the sub-culture.
January 25, 2012
If a class was taught on the history of street art, this movie would be included in the study material.
July 5, 2011
A bit long at times, Bomb It is visually engaging and the story keeps you interested. There are times where the film makers bias seems overt, especially in the anti-capitalism rhetoric, yet the film's poster features a blond woman whose chest if partially bare. All in all, it's worth watching.
April 22, 2011
se tu curte arte de rua, graffiti e todas essas coisas, você vai amar esse filme.
April 20, 2011
A thorough, concise, and well balanced documentary. Not only does it entertain and inform, but its comprehensive enough to let even the noobiest of noobs know enough about street art.
April 25, 2009
Street art is a form I used to pay more attention to before I completely ran out of the level of free time needed to follow it. The documentary is valuable in the themes it discusses and the wide variety of artists it involves. There are graffiti artists from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia (I can't remember whether or not there were Aussies). The variety of styles presented from around the world is worth the view.
The documentary will fall flat for many because the interviews are similarly structured so it gets repetitive quickly. The historical background gets little mention and the way that its presented will leave the viewer with a false impression about the very complex history of street art/graffiti. Also the documentary focuses almost exclusively on tagging and bombing while the true street artists are given very little attention. This is not a film that gets into the aesthetics of graffiti. It doesn't bother to distinguish between the slop some punk from the ghetto tosses on a wall in a few seconds and the aesthetically virtuous works that are a part of the evolving history of fine art (e.g. Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Blek le Rat, Elbowtoe, Judith Supine, Swoon, etc.).