Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Big Eyes

A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950's, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960's. 


Big Eyes is directed by Tim Burton and stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. This film isn't some fantasy movie with Johnny Depp and faces painted in white. It actually is an amazingly directed and restrained movie. There are some fantasy aspect but it's so limited: no crazy Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter and no crazy make up. Tim Burton has gone straight for it this time! Amy Adams is absolutely luminous in this role, she is strong, beautiful and she brings this feminine urgency to her character that really just make you want to punch Christoph Waltz in the face. In fact, this is a true story and she really is magnificent, dealing with the way she finds her inspiration, the back and forth between her and her husband; but eventually it gets deeper and darker to a point where you ask if this man could get any worse?! I love Christoph Waltz, he's a great actor and he's good as Walter Keane. However sometimes he gets a little bit over the top to the point where he becomes almost cartoony; even a little larger than life, bigger than he should be from time to time.  


Overall Big Eyes is a lot of fun. I loved seeing Tim Burton explored a more real aspect of filmmaking. Amy Adams was great but the film dragged a bit, this fact, plus Christoph Waltz larger than life character made the film look quiet superficial.

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