About half way through "Tim's Vermeer," the titular Tim Jenison speaks about his opportunity to see (the other titular) Johannes Vermeer's The Music Lesson in person for the first time. His main takeaway is that the amount of dedication & obsession clear in the tiniest details of the piece have an intense effect on the viewer. That perfectly sums up my reaction to this fascinating and entertaining documentary about Tim's attempt to recreate that same painting.
For those unfamiliar with the characters at play (I was just that when I walked in to the theater), Tim Jenison is an inventor and programmer, primarily focused on visual imaging software and hardware. He has gotten to the point where he can essentially do whatever he wants with seemingly unlimited resources. A couple years ago he began a journey to understand Johannes Vermeer, a 17th century dutch painter whose work has always had a more realistic image quality than those of his contemporaries. What sparked Tim's obsession was a growing belief among some artists and historians that technology played a large part in Vermeer's ability to create (or re-create) such astonishing images by matching colors and lighting patterns perfectly.