This weekend, I decided to try out another Netflix film. I saw some horrible reviews of a new movie, “Velvet Buzzsaw,” on social media and thought I should judge the film for myself. It couldn’t be that bad, could it?
Oh, yes. Yes, it definitely could.
To give the film some credit, there was a fairly
The thriller aspect of the film was actually pretty suspenseful, and there were moments
At the beginning of the movie the whimsical music and bright scenery leads one to believe they’re in for a kind of cutesy, artistic indie film – but the first few words from Jake Gyllenhaal’s beautiful lips really ruins it for the viewer. They’re choppy, cheesy and excessively arrogant, which makes one immediately hate his character.
Perhaps the overly pretentious vibes and ending of the movie is supposed to signify something about human arrogance and vision, but
The pace of the film was clunky, shuffling from scene to scene with what felt like no closure – and the reasoning behind most of the film’s events wasn’t explained – except in a mere two minutes that were almost missed because I was starting to check out mid-movie. My attention wasn’t truly held until the last thirty or so minutes, which arguably, is a decent artistic move to enthrall an audience, but the suspense wasn’t enough to cover the flatness and one-dimensionality of the other hour of the movie.
The last thing that might bother a viewer is that the title in almost no way corresponds to the film – besides that fact that in the first minute or so of the movie the art gallery owner talks about her Velvet Buzzsaw tattoo on her neck – but why the tattoo was relevant is not made clear.
Maybe I just didn’t understand the vision of the director, but it could’ve been made better. It definitely could’ve been better. I didn’t hate the movie, I just felt disappointed and like I had wasted a good portion of my life. Maybe this is the same feeling one has when looking at really crappy art, and this may have been the intention of the movie all along. Who knows? I’m sure none of the audience does.
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