"Velvet Buzzsaw" has, at its bloody beating heart, a fantastically promising concept. However, the physical delivery of the potential thrills, spills and chills is nowhere near as satisfying as it could have been. I had been excited to see this movie after catching a glimpse of the trailer but, as the credits rolled, I felt disappointment wash over me.
There's a memorable moment, around the halfway mark, where a painting featuring monkeys comes to life. It's a beautiful scene and I was expecting more of the same. Sadly, the rest of the film doesn't live up to this set-piece.
The cast is great but there's something lacking from the movie. It has an uneven tone and doesn't live up to expectations.
Zawe Ashton gives a great performance as Josephina and Jake Gyllenhaal plays against type as the camp Vandewalt but the talents of Toni Collette and John Malkovich are woefully underused.
Good but not great. There are a few creepy moments but "Velvet Buzzsaw" fails to maintain an atmosphere of suspense.
7 out of 10.
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