Rinzy Reviews ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ (2019)

Release Date: February 1

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, Natalia Dyer, John Malkovich, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Daveed Diggs, et al.


Netflix is undoubtedly the place to go for diverse contents for a wide range of audience. Just about anything you want can be found on the streaming giant’s platform. With the rate at which they churn out content, one could be forgiven for thinking all their content is a fit for just about anybody. This takes us to Velvet Buzzsaw.

It wouldn’t be wrong of me to say Netflix is still finding its feet movie-wise this year, with none yet bringing in the kind of rave review synonymous with a hit. First was the Mad Mikkelsen’s led Polar, which I categorically didn’t like, and now Velvet Buzzsaw.

Let me say this here, Velvet Buzzsaw isn’t a terrible movie. It’s far from that. It mostly came across to me as a weird movie.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Velvet Buzzsaw is a movie that marries art and the supernatural. Paintings from a long dead artist are recovered and put on the market even though he left explicit instructions to have them destroyed. He (or at least something) comes from the other side to artistically kill everyone who’s profited from it.

As expected, Jake Gyllenhaal gives a performance for ages. I wholeheartedly believe he’s one of the greatest actors of his generation. I haven’t seen him give a bad performance even in a seemingly-bad movie. I don’t think I’d be wrong if I say his performance is the bet thing about this movie; the plot dances unevenly making little to no sense, but is still able to keep you invested with the promise that it’s building up to something great. Sad thing is, that never really happens. Yet, the movie still isn’t terrible. It’s just mostly weird.

Many things didn’t add up for me: like what was the motivation for all those many deaths? What happened to Jake Gyllenhaal’s character – is he dead or what? I believe if answers to these questions were provided the movie would’ve risen up my ranking.

So, if you’re wondering if Velvet Buzzsaw is worth a try? My answer’s yes.

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Rinzy’s Rating: 2.5/5

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