It goes without saying that Vincent Van Gogh was a breathtakingly talented artist, a man who, despite his many afflictions, created some of the most stunningly beautiful, leap-off-the-canvas art the world has ever seen.
You may not think you could improve on art that luminously entrancing, and truth be told the makers of Loving Vincent aren’t even trying, but the hand-painted film they and a legion of artists schooled in the master’s inimitable style is a wondrous extension and celebration of the rich colours and landscapes of Van Gogh’s creations.
Loving Vincent, described as the “first feature-length painted animation”, tells the story of Van Gogh through the animated recreation of 120 of his own paintings. It’s not necessarily intended as an exhaustive biopic; rather an evocation of the life and spirit of the man, and in that respect the film, which uses 12 paintings to create one second of onscreen time, succeeds marvellously.
The trailer alone is enchanting, with many points where you feel like you could just tumble into the endlessly moving art unfurling before you, so you can only wonder at how special the final film, from Oscar-winners, Breakthru Films, will be.
There’s no release yet but rest assured when there is, Loving Vincent looks like one of those films you will have to see on the big screen.