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Netflix’s ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ severely disappoints

Feb 27 • Arts & Leisure, Top Stories • 403

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In early February, Netflix released the new satirical supernatural horror film, “Velvet Buzzsaw” after its world premiere at 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The film revolves around art critic Morf Vandewalt (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his close friend Josephina (Zawe Ashton).
Josephina works for Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo), owner of the Haze Gallery and formerly member of the rock band Velvet Buzzsaw.
After returning home to Los Angeles, Josephina discovers an older man, Vetril Dease (Alan Mandell), who died in her apartment building.
She stumbles into his apartment and discovers many artworks he created and intended to toss away.
To generate some popularity, Josephina shows the work to Morf, and the pieces start to come to life and attack him.
Gyllenhaal is best known for his work in various genres, including comedy “Love & Other Drugs,” thriller “Zodiac” and drama “Stronger.”
His work in past films shows that Gyllenhaal is capable of performing any role thrown at him.
“Velvet Buzzsaw” is a film for those of a particular movie type.
The death scenes are thrilling, but only last a few minutes.
As soon as the audience’s attention is caught, the scene ends.
“Velvet Buzzsaw” focuses more on those in the art community, which tends to be boring to those who don’t understand much of the lingo.
The phrase “Velvet Buzzsaw” is heard once in the beginning and shown on a tattoo a few times throughout the movie.
It is not until the end of the film when the title is explained but still does not make sense as to why it is the title for the film.
The trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” is very misleading in the beginning.
The music and images suggest that the film will be thrilling and will keep watchers on the edge of their seat.
However, this is not the case.
The film itself has a much darker tone than the trailer would suggest.
I was very thrown off by this, as I was at least expecting some moments of comedy or at least more action.
Instead what I got was a two-hour snooze fest, where the best things that happen are the deaths.
The ending of the film was thebest part by far, and not just because it was over.
While it did not make the movie worth watching, the twist ending finally got my attention.
If the rest of the movie had been half as good as the ending, maybe it could have been a half-decent film.
Sadly, this was not the case, and both myself and a bunch of critics were very disappointed.
The film received a 5.8/10 on IMDb and I completely disagree with this rating, and I think that the ratings should actually be lower.
How this movie got a review over 5/10 is beyond me. I personally would rate it a 35.5 percent.
I have not seen a movie that made me this mad in years.
I am going to need to watch a bunch of Disney movies to get this one out of my head.

OLIVIA HAHNER
hahner001@knights.gannon.edu

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