Big Eyes

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Big Eyes

Tim Burton (2014)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Tim Burton turns his sorcerer's sights on this real-life story, adding a smattering of the fantastic to a tale of fraud and female subjugation in the 1950s and 60s. Amy Adams stars as artist Margaret Keane, whose paintings of doe-eyed children were phenomenally successful, and Christoph Waltz plays her exuberant conman husband, manipulating her in order to take credit for her work, and thus compromising her identity. Burton's directorial style is a good visual match for the subject matter - the film has the soft, cartoonish look of one of Keane's paintings. It's kitsch and amusing, albeit shallow, and trivialises the abuse that Margaret must endure. The script more generally tends toward the blunt, with Danny Huston's narration over-explanatory and an over-the-top performance by Waltz that builds to a cringe-making courtroom appearance. While all around her is broad-brush, Adams acts with bewitching delicacy to anchor the film. What Burton's approach most lacks is insight - big eyes don't see too deeply - but it's still a fascinating story told with flair.

Summary

Aspiring painter Margaret Keane marries a controlling man who sells her artwork. As the paintings of large-eyed children grow tremendously popular, Margaret discovers he is claiming to have painted them himself, and she and her daughter are forced to live a lie for years - until she finally resolves to prove his deceit in court. Tim Burton's fact-based drama, starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz and Terence Stamp.

Cast & Crew

Margaret Keane Amy Adams
Walter Keane Christoph Waltz
Dick Nolan Danny Huston
DeeAnn Krysten Ritter
Ruben Jason Schwartzman
John Canaday Terence Stamp
Enrico Banducci Jon Polito
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Dec 2014
Drama