Basquiat

1996, Movie, R, 108 mins

Basquiat
First, the good news. Painter turned director Julian Schnabel does far better with his first movie than Robert Longo or David Salle did with theirs: JOHNNY MNEMONIC and SEARCH AND DESTROY, respectively. Schnabel at least manages to tell a fairly coherent story. The bad news: It's not a very interesting story, and Schnabel doesn't have the chops to make it one by sheer strength of filmmaking prowess. Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright), who died at the age of 27 of a heroin overdose, was a go-go '80s phenomenon, an African-American graffiti artist whose work enchanted all the right people, probably for all the wrong reasons. Schnabel, who was Basquiat's friend, ta...
Released: 1996 Rated: R Length: 108 mins

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