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Thursday, January 1, 2015


The true story of painter Margaret Keane's life in obscurity while her husband gleaned the notoriety for being the face of her work is brought to the screen by Tim Burton and his Ed Wood screenwriters, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, and Jason Schwartzman co-star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: Tim Burton 

Cast: Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Terence Stamp, Krysten Ritter, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman

Release Date: Dec 25, 2014

Rated PG-13 

Runtime: 1 hr. 46 min. 

Genres: Biopic, Tragi-comedy, Drama 


Big Eyes is the type of film that Tim Burton should make more often, just to keep himself honest.  A smaller, more personal film would remind the masses that he’s a capable director outside of his tried and true tropes.  That’s not to say that this isn’t a Burton film because it is albeit a less garish version of his films.  Burton’s film is still visually eye catching even if there isn’t a gothic or fantastical element at play.  He delivers a glossy, light film that’s easy to enjoy but hard to get close to.  Its heart and soul is Amy Adams who performance is a collection of varying levels of subtly.  Adams gives us a peek into the psyche of Margaret Keane even if the script never does.  On the opposite end of the spectrum is Christoph Waltz who’s in full sleezy salesman mode.  Watlz is given free reign to take his character to extremes which almost drown out anything else on screen, including Adams.  Burton would have been well served if he’d reigned him in just a tad and the script given us more insight into the people and relationships.  Instead, they’re both painted with broad strokes lacking the kind of detail that would have made this film truly special.  



  1. i actually have tons of respect for burton, because he has a style unlike anyone else's and he believes in it. there is a lot of personal reflection in his past works as well (though his last few films have been, well, unfortunate). i was less interested in big eyes, but it sounds like it's actually pretty good. will rent.

    1. I've always been a huge fan of Burton as well for the same reasons! This film feels very personal for him, you can see some interesting parallels in the story and Burton's career, I do think it's a worth a look for fans of Burton, it's a very enjoyable film.


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