This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 38. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
So, I finally sat down to watch “Mapplethorpe,” directed by Ondi Timoner, and whoa, it’s quite the film. If you’re into art, controversy, and a more than dash of rebellious spirit, then buckle up, because this movie takes you on a wild ride through the life of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
First things first, the plot. The film is like a time machine, zipping us back to the 70s and 80s in New York City. It’s all about Robert Mapplethorpe (played by the enigmatic Matt Smith), who’s not just any photographer, but one who pushed boundaries like they were going out of style. The movie dives into his life, from his early days as a starving artist to becoming a renowned photographer, known for his provocative and often controversial work. 📸
Matt Smith, oh my goodness, he just morphs into Mapplethorpe. It’s like he’s channelling the guy’s soul or something. He captures Mapplethorpe’s passion, his drive, and even his flaws with such intensity that you can’t help but be drawn in. And the way he portrays Mapplethorpe’s hunger for both artistic recognition and personal exploration? Just brilliant. But here’s where the film shines: the portrayal of Mapplethorpe’s artistic journey ✨. We see him rise from a young, naive student to a confident, controversial artist who challenged the boundaries of art and society ✊✊.
But it’s not all roses and sunshine. The film doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of Mapplethorpe’s life, including his struggle with his identity, his turbulent relationships, and later, his battle with AIDS. It’s gritty, raw, and sometimes pretty intense. But hey, that was Mapplethorpe’s reality, you know?
What really got me was how the film showcased Mapplethorpe’s art. It’s bold, unapologetic, and, let’s be honest, pretty risqué. But it also makes you think about the role of art in society, and how it can challenge norms and push boundaries. The movie doesn’t just show his work; it immerses you in his creative process, making you feel like you’re right there in his studio, watching him capture those iconic images.
The supporting cast also deserves a shoutout. Marianne Rendón as Patti Smith brings this raw, almost electric energy to the screen. Their relationship, fraught with artistic passion and personal complexities, is portrayed with such authenticity that it almost feels like you’re peering into their private world.
Now, here’s a fun fact for you: Did you know that Mapplethorpe’s work is included in numerous public collections, including the Guggenheim and the Whitney? 🏛️ Talk about leaving a mark!
Overall, “Mapplethorpe” is a film that’s as complex as the man it portrays. It’s not just about the scandal and the shock value of his work; it’s about an artist’s unyielding quest for beauty in all its forms, even if it ruffles more than a few feathers. It’s a raw, unfiltered look into the life of a man who dared to see the world differently and had the courage to show it through his lens.
So, if you’re in the mood for a film that’s a bit artsy, a tad edgy, and totally captivating, give “Mapplethorpe” a watch. Just maybe not with your grandma, unless she’s super, super cool with that kinda thing. 😉
Catch you tomorrow!