Loving Vincent is a dazzling visual masterpiece, an ode to artists everywhere that deserves to be seen. Directors Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela obsessively worked on this film for over 7 years committing blood, sweat, and tears,while using over 100 artists they created every single frame with a canvas painting, from the background to the characters moving around when they speak it took 65,000 paintings to complete the entire film. They take inspirations from Van Gogh’s gestural style painting style making it one of the most visually pleasing animated movies I have ever had the pleasure to see. The most interesting part is that they did not have the artists paint using cel’s like in most animated movies. Instead they painted everything on canvas, enlightened, photographed, then stitched it all together almost like rotoscoping.
The beautiful technique used to make this skill feels like Van Gogh’s art is coming to life. Following a rather bland detective story of a young man named Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) is told to deliver Van Gogh’s final letter one year after his death. It is then that he begins to investigate whether or not his suicide was really what the police considered it to be. For those of you who do not know Vincent Van Gogh allegedly shot himself in the stomach then walked home to his room and died two days after. Many still do not believe it and think that he was shot by someone else. It is here that Roulin embarks on a journey interviewing all the people Vincent had spoken with in the weeks before his death, all of which served as portraits for Vincent Van Gogh. Like I said before, the narrative is nothing to brag about, you are watching the story for the beautiful art presented to you in fantastic fashion. With a beautiful score done by Clint Mansell Loving Vincent becomes one of the most beautiful films of the year, if not this life time.