Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

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A supernatural force sets out to exact revenge against art profiteers attempting to exploit a series of paintings by an unknown artist.

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At Sundance 2019, filmmaker Dan Gilroy and members of his Velvet Buzzsaw cast cut to the core of the Netflix thriller — and Gilroy's connection with star Rene Russo.

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1 February 2019 | BestBenedikt
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| Critique is so limiting and emotionally draining!
Dan Gilroy reunites with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for his new Netflix cooperation VELVET BUZZSAW.

What saves this film, is the lead performance by Gyllenhaal, who plays art critic Morf Vandewalt and provides for lots of great quotes that had me grinning throughout the movie. In contrast to NIGHTCRAWLER's Louis Bloom though, his character here is written as a more naive and less calculating person.

Gilroy's new film definitely lacks the punch of NIGHTCRAWLER. While especially in the first half of the movie the execution of its core premise, exposing the hypocrisy of the artistic elite, ironically turns out to be mostly superficial, Gilroy basically plays with standard horror tropes in the second half. "No originality, no courage", Vandewalt would probably judge. Last year's THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT definitely had way more to say in that regard.

VELVET BUZZSAW is still a somewhat entertaining film from start to finish, even if it obviously struggles with its narrative at times and didn't turn out to be the masterpiece that NIGHTCRAWLER was.

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