Willem Dafoe’s Academy Award®-nominated performance as Vincent van Gogh highlights this Julian Schnabel film that journeys inside the world and mind of a person who, despite skepticism, ridicule, and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. This is not a forensic biography, but rather scenes based on the artist’s letters, common agreement about events in his life that have been presented as facts, hearsay, and moments that are just plain invented.
. Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.. At Eternity's Gate Wiki
Every time I was in Amsterdam, I never missed a chance to see the art of Vincent Van Gogh. Each of the four times or more meant at least staying at least three to five hours. The creativity, the colors, the view the artist expressed with a brush fascinated, and it still does. This film helps viewers catch a glimpse of the mind of the artist in order to understand his vision—possibly his torment. Personally, I believe the brilliant use of cinematography not only allowed me to imagine van Gogh’s time and surroundings, but it also offered me to understand vicariously a sense of awe while viewing nature. This movie is a “must see,” especially if you have interest in Vincent van Gogh’s life and art. The cast was incredible. Willem Defoe’s depiction was magnificent.
Movie was slow, dark and at times disjointed. Defoe is a good actor but the movie was just not that good. Was hoping it would be like the Picasso move but not close.
SUCKED! AND DEPRESSING
This film was simply just good Juggalos
This is a beautiful movie that takes you inside Van Gogh's head and allows you to see his world both through his eyes and through the eyes of those who knew him. Dafoe's performance will help you understand why Van Gogh painted the way he did, and why he chose to paint what he painted. The fact that much of the movie was filmed on location in Arles adds to the authentic feel of the movie. After some of the credits roll at the end, stay attentive for a nice post-script provided by Paul Gauguin. See this movie if you want to understand and appreciate Van Gogh's art, and all art, in a new way.
The film will appeal to fans of the cast and art lovers but will likely challenge others. The point of the film is to give the audience a first-hand experience of the life of a starving artist. Van Gogh’s life was tragic. He was misunderstood and ahead of his time - very sad given today he is considered a master and the father of modern art. He struggled with loneliness and mental illness, and unfortunately the film spends too much time with this story line. However the acting and directing are brilliant, and Dafoe is Óscar nominated for this role. For a more entertaining Van Gogh film, check out Loving Vincent.
This was not an easy film to physically watch, poor camera effects, jumpy and by then end I had to close my eyes because they actually hurt. It could have been done so much better, I hated it honestly, and I love the actors.
Absolutely stunning and inspiring
I'm sorry but this is really not that good. A fan of both Dafoe and Julian Schnabel and this was a 2 hr student film at best.
Gave you a look through Van Gogh’s eyes. Not everyone is intelligent enough to appreciate it.