It will inevitably be analyzed through the prism of its ending, which is likely to infuriate audiences for the way it pulls the rug out from under its themes and brushes off what transpired for the majority of the running time. As the surprise nature of the relationship forms the core of the movie, let us just say that it involves Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve—both of them excellent—who have a complicated history and, over the course of 90 minutes, reveal it and then redefine it. As it takes place in one location and unfolds in essentially real time, it’s surprising that Velvet didn’t start out as a play. Like the recent adaptation of God of Carnage, it marshals great actors and vivid dialogue in the service of something that’s almost defiantly uncinematic; perhaps the stage is a more appropriate medium for this story, which needs the spark that live performers would provide. It’s effective, but to a questionable purpose. And it raises the question: given that the ending is what it is, does it make sense that the writing and acting are so good?
The Tribeca Film Festival is over, but this should eventually be released in theaters, don't you think?