As entertaining as the performances are, and as memorable as the characters may be, the fact of the matter is there’s not a whole lot to them. They’re comical figures who exist solely to be put in peril. It would be easy to decry this, and criticize Velvet Buzzsaw for lacking any real depth. But the movie is just too goddamn fun to get that upset. Would a smarter film with more of a message be better? Maybe, but it probably wouldn’t be this off-the-wall, and what a tragedy that would be. Yes, yes, this is a satire of the art world. But it’s also a movie where a painting of monkeys dressed as mechanics comes to life and kills someone. That, my friends, is my kind of art.
/Film rating: 8 out of 10