Leo Brady reviews “Mapplethorpe” on AMovieGuy.com

I scrolled through my OnDemand menu and found a documentary called Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. I knew nothing about the subject matter, but I was glad that I took a chance on this film, because I learned about a person that changed the entire concept of photography as art. Robert Mapplethorpe isn’t an artist whose works are collected on stamps or postcards, there is certainly a type of taste one must have for his style. What must be acknowledged is that his work was daring, provocative, and unique. Sadly, the biopic Mapplethorpe fails to capture any of that risk, in a bland, paint-by-numbers film that feels afraid to approach the artist, let alone touch him. Mapplethorpe fails the man at every turn.


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