Friday, March 14 2014, 01:24 PM MDT
Movie Review: Tim's Vermeer
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Starring: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Colin Blakemore
Recommended To: Those interested in how technology might have aided Johannes Vermeer.
Synopsis: Tim Jenison, an inventor, explores the possibility that Johannes Vermeer used technology to help him create his photorealistic art.
Review: While some would suggest that spending years trying to figure out how Johannes Vermeer was able to create paintings that were so lifelike that they could easily be confused with photographs was a waste of time and money I can’t help but envy the journey that Tim Jenison was able to take. Despite having a last name that would suggest otherwise; I can’t paint. I have a great adoration for all visual arts and have spent more than my share of hours wandering the rooms of various museums. Never have I considered trying to understand the techniques of the artists. They use a foreign sort of vocabulary; the sort that involves brushes. Jenison not only sets out to understand how Vermeer might have created his art, he also intends on using the technique to paint his own version of one of Vermeer’s most recognizable works: The Music Lesson. Tim’s Verneer captures the agony and ecstasy of Jenison’s efforts and while it does have moments where it drags or strays as Penn Jillette unnecessarily insists on inserting himself into the narrative (Teller, his cohort, directs), it still offers up an incredibly interesting and inspiring story.
-Ryan Michael Painter