Director(s): Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman. Cast: Douglas Booth, Chris O'Dowd, Helen McCrory, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn. 94 min. Rated PG-13. UK/Poland. Animation.
This film is like a beautiful canvas ... literally. Using motion-capture, more than 100 animators tell a flashback story of Vincent van Gogh's last days, by painting over images of live actors with van Gogh's post-impressionist style. So the artist's aficionados will recognize numerous of his famous paintings smuggled into the story. The imagery is so hypnotizing, so calming, you not only understand van Gogh's brilliance ... you're distracted from the story, and paradoxically find yourself dozing off. I appreciate the insane amount of work to bring this film to fruition. Just that film was probably not the right medium.