Why You Should Watch ‘Loving Vincent’ – The Daily Eastern News
Few people have heard of the movie “Loving Vincent”. I only heard about it a month before it was released in 2017. My high school art teacher showed the trailer to my class, and I was instantly in love.
I don’t really know what attracts me to Vincent van Gogh, but he is most definitely one of my favorite artists. I was reading biographies about her in high school, and my wallpaper was a collection of her paintings at one point. I knew a lot about him, and let me tell you, it blew me away to see his paintings move on screen.
The entire film is animated in oil paint. The film took six years to produce and over 65,000 paintings to animate. The producers first recorded the film in live-action, with actors in front of green screens. Then, around 125 different painters were hired to paint in the style of van Gogh and create a scene in which the actors were immersed in his paintings.
The film also has an interesting backstory – it follows the main character, Armand, as he tries to deliver a letter to van Gogh’s brother, Theo van Gogh, a few weeks after Vincent’s death. In search of Théo, Armand meets many people who knew Vincent during his lifetime. He’s starting to learn so much about this man he had never heard of, and almost every aspect of him, both good and bad. The stories play out on screen: both the stories Armand hears about Vincent and Armand’s journey to deliver the letter.
Personally, I watch the film more for the visual aspect. For me, that’s enough. Usually I don’t pay too much attention to the animation style of a movie, let alone the story. And if the story of “Loving Vincent” is not bad, the visual aspect attracts me much more. It still baffles me that what I am looking at has been hand painted by so many people for so long, and it has turned out to be amazing. It is also shocking that the team was able to imitate van Gogh’s painting style so closely. As an artist myself, it was hard enough to find my own style of painting. I can’t imagine imitating anyone else, especially a famous artist who has been gone for over a hundred years.
So if you are looking for a new movie to watch, I recommend “Loving Vincent”, especially if you like art. It’s hard not to appreciate the work that has gone into it. It’s also hard not to look at the screen with the perfectly balanced colors, tones, and moods throughout the movie. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, and it could be one of yours too, if that feels like it’s in your back alley.
Ian Stobaugh is a German major freshman. He can be contacted at 581-1812 or [email protected]