Loving Vincent Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Loving Vincent by Clint Mansell.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 46.1
Album Excellence: 100%
Loving Vincent is a 2017 British-Polish biographical animated drama film directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman and starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn & Robert Gulaczyk. A year after the death of the artist, Vincent van Gogh, Postman Roulin gets his slacker son, Armand, to hand deliver the artist’s final letter to his now late brother, Theo, to some worthy recipient after multiple failed postal delivery attempts. Although disdainful of this seemingly pointless chore, Armand travels to Auvers-sure-Oise where a purported close companion to Vincent, Dr. Gachet, lives. Having to wait until the doctor returns from business, Armand meets many of the people of that village who not only knew Vincent, but were apparently also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armand becomes increasingly fascinated in the psyche and fate of Van Gogh as numerous suspicious details fail to add up. However, as Armand digs further, he comes to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated in the future. The score is composed by Clint Mansell.
This movie seems like a work of art, literally. The whole movie gives the impression that it’s oil painted, just like those classic Vincent Van Gogh painting. The one thing I will always remember from his work is the way he painted the sky with this wormhole like features. They carefully recreated that for this film. And what about the score? This will be interesting because it’s Clint Mansell, and if anything, I find his scores fascinating. The score opens with ‘The Night Cafe’, and for fans of Mansell, there’s plenty to enjoy. Sometimes his style works and it certainly does here. The music is almost standing still thanks to a hypnotic swirling underscore while on top there’s a long ostinato growing and living.
When Mansell gets going it’s like you’re in a trance, just listening to the music and you almost can’t move. You’ll notice that most of the cues are quite similar. The instruments and sound might be different but they are built on the same foundation of building slowly and overflowing with repeating motifs. Hey, don’t knock it until you tried it. You might imagine that this surely can’t sound too good, but you need to give this a listen to truly experience it and enjoy it. And I’m quite sure you will enjoy it, maybe even love it like I do. It’s Mansell’s best score in years.
1. The Night Cafe
2. The Yellow House
3. At Eternity’s Gate
4. Portrait Of Armand Roulin
5. Marguerite Gachet At The Piano
6. Sill Life With Glass Of Absinthe & A Carafe
7. The Painter On His Way To work On The Road To Tarascon
8. Five Sunflowers In A Vase
9. Wheatfield With Crows
10. Thatched Roofs In Chaponval
11. Blossoming Chestnut Trees
12. The Sower With Setting Sun
13. Starry Night Over The Rhone