At Eternity's Gate

At Eternity's Gate ★★★½

At Eternity's Gate, directed by filmmaker/painter Julian Schnabel is a beautiful, stunning film to look at. The cinematography takes the filmmaker's and character's subjective vision to a unique visual level and the colors fill each frame with feeling and emotion. The visual choices made are really quite unique throughout, and present some things on screen in ways I haven't seen before. When paired with the scoring, those visual decisions tend to lend an almost dreamy sense to a lot of scenes, as well. Willem Dafoe, playing Vincent van Gogh, is remarkable in essentially every way. He holds a captivating presence on screen that I don't see a lesser actor pulling off quite the way he does. I haven't seen nearly all of his work, but this has to be one of the very best performances I've seen from him. Schnabel's biopic is a fascinating watch and a fascinating motion portrait of a man who created some of the world's most recognizable pieces of art.