Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: R Length: 91 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. The R rating is purely because of the use of the f-word, which artist Ai Weiwei uses mostly as a political statement, and the pervasive use of the middle finger in his artwork. There’s also a condom featured in one of his pieces of art. All these elements, however, serve a purpose and don’t feel exploitative; this specific R rating doesn’t rule out all younger teens.
Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei takes center stage in ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,’ a biographical documentary about his life and attempts to change China’s oppressive political system. Although it suffers from being a little too simplistic, director and writer Alison Klayman’s work is a thoroughly effective intro to Weiwei as a straight-talking inspiration.
By Roxana Hadadi
Being arrested by the Chinese government would probably scare a lot of people, but not Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei. After being detained for nearly three months in 2011 by authorities, having his art studio destroyed, and being fined more than $2 million, Weiwei is still taking a stand for what he believes in. If more people were like the inspirational artist we see in “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” maybe China would be a better place.