Review of “Loving Vincent”

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Thursday, 01 March 2018

self-portraitThe dramatic art film, Loving Vincent, had its initial release in 2017 in the United Kingdom. Loving Vincent is a Polish production and it premiered in Annecy in 2017 at the International Animated Film Festival.  This film is a first in the world’s history: it is the first fully oil painted feature film. Aspects about the artist’s life are portrayed in the PG 13 film and include suspicions surrounding his unusual death. The animation, believe it or not, was hand-painted by a team of more than 100 artists who were specially trained to paint in Van Gogh’s style.

 Thanks to the relentless efforts by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, Loving Vincent is a fascinating biopic that depicts Van Gogh’s style in motion. Tens of thousands of oil paintings were painted to make Loving Vincent. Kobiela, who is an artist herself, studied his paint techniques as well as his biography through his letters. The voices of the characters were done by professional actors.

Loving Vincent

In Loving Vincent, Vincent’s final letter is delivered in the last hometown where Van Gogh lived- a year after his suicide. This leads to an investigation about his final days there. His final letters state that he felt calm and normal, which draws some suspicions surrounding his death. Most of Loving Vincent is shot posthumously, so the character of Vincent is a bit elusive, but the movie portrays the way people he painted perceived him: a hardworking, passionate artist. They do not depict the tormented genius who wanted to commit suicide. The story is told in flashbacks.

The mystery that Loving Vincent portrays, is what went on in his final days? What happened to him that drove him to suicide? What made him so miserable? Critique against the film entails that it drags on and that you get used to the exquisite animation. Loving Vincent doesn’t really lose its charm, though- it is definitely a masterpiece to watch. The film scored 84% on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb gave it 7.9 out of 10.