Conclusion: 'Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry' is an incredible documentary on one of the most talked about artists of this modern century. His work has been talked in many powerful circles and owned by tons of prominent people. His politics and views do not agree with his homeland in China, and he is even imprisoned for months at a time for expressing his views .
Conclusion: One of the art world's most visible, vocal figures, Ai Weiwei makes for a fascinating documentary subject. Never Sorry focuses on the artist's political activism—which is itself a kind of all-encompassing performance piece—and the figure who emerges here is both recognizably human and bigger- than-life, a man and a symbol. (Sure, why not, let's call him China's dissident Batman.
Conclusion: It is painfully obvious now that the more things change in China, the more they stay the same. The Communist government may have opened up the country for business - and I am convinced that, similar to Russia, most prominent businessmen there are either former apparatchiks or parachutists directly servicing the top men in the Party - but its leaders would do anything to get rid of those who dare to speak against their policies. Ai Weiwei's story proves it.
Excerpt: There's a good chance that much of the audience for Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry will know a great deal more about artist/activist Ai Weiwei than this viewer did, and they will certainly find much to latch onto. But there is always something of a question about whether a lack of familiarity with a documentary's subject is a hindrance, and in this case, the answer couldn't be clearer: moviegoers unaware of Weiwei will find this up-close portrait of his life and work...
Excerpt: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry unavoidably plays like an unfinished film. Its subject—the Chinese art-world celebrity and political dissident Ai Weiwei—made headlines a week before its U.S. release by losing a court appeal concerning tax-evasion charges, charges clearly filed in an attempt to silence him. It was the latest development in a chapter of Ai’s life that began with an 81-day disappearance in 2011 following his detention by the Chinese police.