Loving Vincent

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"The truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings."
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 7.8  (62,850)
  • 62

Loving Vincent is an extraordinary animated biographical film that tells the story of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who is considered to be one of the most important figures in the world of art. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, the film is the first fully painted animated feature in history, using 65,000 frames inspired by the artist's style and technique.

The film begins a year after the painter's death when Armand Roulin, a young man living in Arles, France, receives a letter he discovers was written by Vincent van Gogh to his brother, Theo. The letter was never delivered, and Armand is tasked with delivering it to the recipient himself. But as he delves into the task, he begins to unravel the mystery of the last days of the artist's life. As he speaks to the people who knew van Gogh at the time of his death, he starts to realize that the tragic ending to the artist's life may not have been as straightforward as many believe.

The film is beautifully made, and the painstaking attention to detail in every frame is truly awe-inspiring. Each shot of Loving Vincent is painted by hand, a labor-intensive process that used oil on canvas to create the impressionist style that van Gogh is famous for. The level of precision and perfection for the film is impressive, given that each shot is hand-painted in one of his distinctive styles. Furthermore, each brush stroke was applied with a computerized pen that accurately replicated the actual brushwork of van Gogh so that it looked authentically hand-painted.

The film is also blessed with a wonderful cast that includes Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, and many more talented actors. The voice acting was done before the animation began, with each actor recording their part by themselves. In a beautiful touch that honors van Gogh's native language, the film is spoken in both English and Dutch. The cast's accomplished performances wonderfully translated the personality of Van Gogh and the people in his life onto the screen.

The film's score is another magnificent aspect that deserves mention, and it is intended that the audience is fully immersed in its aesthetic. Composed by Clint Mansell, the music contains poignant violin solos with soaring melodies that evoke the haunting melancholy of the artist's works. The music was recorded in Berlin with the Luxemburg Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded in a way that every scrape and scratch of the bow added to the warm and raw authenticity in which the cinematic masterpiece was crafted.

The paintings, the voice acting, and the score blend harmoniously, turning the film into a true cinematic masterpiece virtually from any angle. Loving Vincent is a unique, creative triumph, deeply moving and insightful, and a perfect example of how art inspires art. It is a cinematic achievement in every dimension and represents filmmaking at its best. It is incredibly successful in its portrayal of the character of van Gogh, the people who know him, his distinctive style, and the time in which he lived.

To conclude, Loving Vincent is an excellent cinematic tribute to one of the world's most important and tragic artists. It showcases van Gogh's exceptional artistry and remarkable life deftly and beautifully in a way that even the casual viewer will appreciate. It tells the story of a man who struggled to find himself, who fought to create art in the face of overwhelming adversity, and who gave the world a legacy that continues to inspire us today. Every frame of this masterpiece is a work of art in its own right, and it is surely one of the finest animated films of all time.

Loving Vincent is a 2017 animated movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 62.

Loving Vincent
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    7.8  (62,850)
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