Loving Vincent is the story of tormented artist Vincent Van Gough, and somewhat of a murder mystery in the year following his death.
The entire film is painted frame by frame, pulling inspiration from Van Gough’s oil paintings from the 1800s.
It was first filmed with modern day technologies, and then painted over to resemble his iconic paintings.
The mystery creates an intense story line, where Van Gough’s post master’s son travels to uncover the questions surrounding Van Gough’s death.
Tasked with delivering a letter from Van Gough to his father, the postmaster’s son discovers Van Gough’s father had also died. The paintings took hours of work from hundreds of artists to complete.
The breathtaking paintings really do come to life to portray Van Gough’s honest style and tell the mysterious story around his death. It was amazing to see the work of these artists come together, and the most amazing parts were how they captured real life actions into the paintings.
The reflections through windows and the smoke from numerous pipes and cigarettes come to life in the oil paintings, and add dynamic to make it feel real.
Many of Van Gough’s iconic originals were featured in the film, reimagined by the artists, and brought to life with characters who resembled the people he had painted.
The paintings were created in a darker hue, keeping with the feel of the film. There were two different styles featured in the film. The black and white photographs from the era were the inspiration for the memories of Van Gough, and the darker oil paintings captured the story a year after his death.
The actors took on the roles of memorable people in Van Gough’s life, and brought life into the character’s portraits.
There were thousands of painters who applied to recreate Van Gough’s work. Only 20 were chosen originally. It took a lot of training and testing for the producers to choose who would be qualified enough to help make the film.
It was touching, and a beautiful homage to Van Gough, portraying his softer sides, and the wildness that lived inside him. It is a bit shorter than the average movie, but every second of it keeps you watching. There’s so much to look at in every scene, from the actors who come to life in the painting, to every brush stroke moving in the background.
I give Loving Vincent 10 out of 10 popcorns.