In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to Vincent van Gogh’s last hometown to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.
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[CinemaCity Alvalade: 11h] I I follow I follow rivers. Correction: I I breastfeed newborn creeks, that will soon become mighty rivers stormily flowing to an even bigger ocean of sorrowful tears. tea hers. the hearse. death. liquid to dust. 'i was the oldest brother but i was not the first' *heart breaks* /'He felt too much' </3 I loved how everyone had his/her own version of the facts & views on Gogh as a man/artist▽
Por supuesto, uno no puede hacer menos que quitarse el sombrero ante la titanica y paciente labor de los más de setecientos artistas y animadores que se dedicaron a pintar cuadro por cuadro cada uno de los miles de fotogramas que conforman esta película. No obstante, el guión (atiborrado de clichés) no alcanza para nada el mismo nivel, y todo el asunto termina por quedarse en una mera sucesión de "imágenes bonitas".
Apart from the amazing visual work and a new spin on Van Gogh's story, it mostly didn't click with me. It felt like a shallow RPG videogame where the main character talks to various underwritten NPCs and get a lot of (mostly useless) flashback cutscenes, like a tame goose chase that is neither terribly interested in the dead man, the suspects or the person who's (somehow, for the sake of it) investigating his death.
Landmark animation; & I eventually understood, some way through, that they'd been clever after all in their choice of narrative structure; over-simple at first, but paced like a noir, hypnotic over time & compelling, like the visuals, so you can't but get absorbed. An art story for - everyone - but esp. for artists - affirming/darkly romantic; (need that sometimes!). + Completely next level visual/sensory engagement.
Watching this, I almost forgot every frame is hand-painted by artists! The ultimate homage through vibrant mark making, meticulous post-impressionist studies that paints a portrait of the beloved Vincent Van Gogh.
While the plot itself is slightly unfocussed, it comes together beautifully at the end, and the art direction more than makes up for it in what could not be a more loving tribute to one of the most masterful artists in history.
If being a mark on animation isn't enough, Loving Vincent keeps the balance of telling an interesting (almost crime fiction) story while being visualy mesmerizing, whose layers of paint still preserve the all-star cast who portraits these characters. Definitely a piece of art that lives up to Van Gogh's work.
Just so happens that Vincent van Gogh and his last days mean a tremendous amount to me, so I am in a sense the ideal audience for LOVING VINCENT, which is inarguably a sensational psychotropic visual experience along w/ being a deftly-conceived CITIZEN KANE-style recursive investigation narrative. I like the idea that Vincent himself is a true event: the world he left behind was newly vision'd in his stead.