In this grisly art-world satire, Velvet Buzzsaw opens with a renowned art critic, Morf Vandewalt (the sensational Jake Gyllenhaal), in his designer sunglasses, turning his pompous, gimlet eye on artwork at the highly hyped Art Basel Miami show. Pontificating about what he considers worthy or unworthy, Morf has the power to punish or reward.
Everything starts conventionally with the
cocktail circuit of groveling artists’ representatives, but soon it turns grisly. Velvet Buzzsaw relishes in
satirizing the pompous art-world, blending horror inside an artist’s...