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Movie Review: Velvet Buzzsaw

Updated: May 27, 2019

‘After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.’

IMDb 5.8/10 Rotten Tomatoes 66% Metacritic 61

Jake Gyllenhall (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain)

Rene Russo (Lethal Weapon 3&4, Tin Cup)

John Malkovich (Rounders, Con Air)

Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical horror film that takes place in the art world after an unknown artist dies and his art is discovered and put on for show and sale. The cutthroat nature of the art world takes up the majority of the first half of the film before anything really starts to happen. The the truth behind the recluse artist begins to unfold and more and more strange things take place. The recluse stated upon his death that he wanted all of his art destroyed but after its recovered and sold it begins to fight back and take revenge on those that profit from it. Similar to a Pandora’s Box that should never have been opened the direction to destroy wasn’t followed and look what happens in the end.

The one thing that stood out to me was Gyllenhall’s character and performance. I felt it was a very eccentric role and one I hadn’t seen in any similarities to in other films of his that I had seen prior. It goes to show that he does have some solid acting chops and can play a variety of roles from film to film. I would really like to see him in more intricate roles such as this in future.

The movie has two major plots that it tells. The art world and the people behind it along with the galleries, advisors and then the dark past of Dease the recluse artist and the strange things that occur regarding his collection. The problem is that they just happen to be a coincidence and never feel natural together just a disjointed clunky mashing of the two stories.

The Mountain Man’s final thoughts on the film are that it has a good idea and premise but that it doesn’t quite get there in the end. It puts out the idea of a high ceiling but doesn’t have the thrust to get to that ceiling and falls just plateaus prematurely.

2 Beards out of 5

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