“Loving Vincent”: Film Review & Podcast

Posted: November 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: Cinema, Film Reviews Podcast | No Comments »

Oh that writers/ directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman had spent a quarter as much time on the plot and screenplay of “Loving Vincent” as they did in the incredible visuals.

Seven years in the making. One hundred and twenty five or so artists, each undergoing 150 hours of training to paint on film cells in the exact manner of the master Vincent Van Gogh himself. Those animated cells, twelve for each second of screen time, totaled just short of 68,000 individual paintings to complete this visually sumptuous film.

The visuals are off the charts, not like anything you or I have seen before. For much of the movie, my mouth was agape at the scintillating look, the colors and motion popping off the screen.

At every moment I was aware of the processes it took to get this movie made. Such a constant preoccupation while experiencing the finished product, frankly, is not a good thing.

The best films are the ones that allow you to immerse in the whole, unaware of individual aspects. But so thin and laborious is the plot of “Loving Vincent” it becomes imperative to ignore what’s happening plotwise and simply take it all in with your eyes.

If you’re not familiar, there is some difference of opinion as to how Van Gogh died. Most believe that it was by his own hand. Yet there are others who adamantly believe he was killed.

The plot spins on this conjecture, as a minor character in the town where Van Gogh lived tries to unspool the mystery, sort of “Citizen Kane” style. He interviews those who were a part of Van Gogh’s life. It is not very illuminating, and less compelling. The dialog is stiff, the revelations tepid.

Which, under normal circumstances, would unhinge any possibility of a positive response to the movie.

But, as I’ve said several times already, the visuals and the manner of their creation make “Loving Vincent” a worthy hour and a half of any film lover’s or art lover’s time.

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