Loving Vincent is a masterfully created tribute to Vincent van Gogh.
Loving Vincent gives the audience an unique chance to get into the mysterious world of Van Gogh’s art. Creators of the film had a very complicated task; to paint in oil more than 65.000 frames, reproducing the style of a genius. Some of the scenes reminding of van Gogh’s paintings are so convincing that the audience was left stunned. 125 painters from Poland worked on the film, and in spite the large amount of artists, it did not prevent them from creating in the same style.
3D technology prevails in modern animation films which causes them to lack artistic individuality, and Loving Vincent shows that a hand-painted animated picture can be both successful as a work of art, at the box-office, and that the public still is interested in art.
The film’s plot is not so intriguing for those who know the biography of Vincent van Gogh. It investigates his death and what preceded it. Perhaps the dialogues could be more interesting, and the figure of Vincent could be more multi-faceted; for example his early life as a priest was not shown in the film at all, however it could have contributed to the film’s narrative.
Directors of the film deserve respect because to undertake a project which would last for seven years takes a lot of courage and hard work.
The title of the film refers to the way van Gogh signed his letters to his brother and also the love one can find in each painting of the great Dutch master. And the film itself is full of love to the artist which the audience can feel from watching the picture.