Big Eyes (2014)

logoDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszenwski (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, Elisabetta Fantone


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


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Brilliant Drama


Story: Big Eyes starts by explaining that the fifties were hard for woman by Dick Nolan (Huston), we see how Margaret (Adams) walks out on her husband along with her daughter Jane breaking with anything people were used to in the time. Escaping to San Francisco with her best friend DeeAnn (Ritter) making her welcome to the city. Margaret finds a job but not being able to use her passion for art leaves her trying to sale her work, leading to a meeting with charismatic artist Walter Keane (Waltz). Walter is only a in his words a Sunday painter but a hugely successful relater who just wants to become an artist. The whirlwind romance leads to the couple getting married to help Margaret keep her daughter.

Walter trying to sale his and Margaret’s work tries different location including Ruben (Schwartzman) gallery but unsuccessfully. Walter tries putting his art in a jazz club but ends up gathering praise in a way he could never imagine when he makes front page news. The problem comes when Walter is claiming the big eyes pictures are actually his without letting Margaret know. We watch as Walter continues to take the praise for Margaret’s work because he is a better salesman than Margaret. When Margaret starts to question Walter’s motives she changes her style to try and make the art world take notice of her own work even though the money keeps rolling in on Walter’s salesmanship.  After Margaret discovers the truth about Walter she ends up having to fight to prove that the work really was hers in a court of law.

Big Eyes shows how one person wants to make sure they get the credit they deserve for the work they are doing. It also shows the ten year battle between the Keane’s from the moment they met through the moments were Walter takes the credit right up to the moment when Margaret decides to stand up for herself. This gives us a very good story that is incredible to think about it really. Even if you are not an art fan this will appeal to people because of how it pulls you in watching waiting for Margaret to turn around and take the praise she deserves. (9/10)


Actor Review


Amy Adams: Margaret Keane a timid but independent woman who leaves her first marriage before meeting Walter who encourages her to continue developing her painting before she ends up becoming the worker while he becomes the well-known celebrity artist. Amy gives a great performance here where she could finally get an award she deserves. (10/10)


Christoph Waltz: Walter Keane charismatic salesman who takes the credit for all of the work Margaret does, but because he is the better salesman he turns the art into a new movement, before losing it after it becomes new he may not have done the paintings. Christoph gives a brilliant performance and for the final court room scene just wow. (10/10)


Support Cast: Big Eyes has the supporting cast of the people who are involved in the movement of the art work and how some help and others criticized the work. Each member comes into the story to help what happens in the end.


Director Review: Tim Burton – Tim does a great job directing this keeping his slight uniqueness but entering into a much more serious world for the story. (9/10)


Biographical: Big Eyes is a very good look at one of the most popular artists of the last century. (10/10)

Drama: Big Eyes shows the strain put on the people involved for the two sides involved. (10/10)

Settings: Big Eyes creates authentic looking settings to match the time period involved. (10/10)

Suggestion: Big Eyes is one to watch it is very enjoyable and will give you information about one of the great artists of the world. (Watch)


Best Part: Courtroom scene with Walter is absolutely brilliant.

Worst Part: It might not appeal to non-art fans.

Funniest Scene: Courtroom scene when Walter questions himself.


Believability: Based on the true story. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Awards: Nominated for 3 Golden Globes including Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original Song.

Oscar Chances: Could easily get a few nominations.

Box Office: $13.75 Million

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline: A true story about art and the art of deception.


Overall: Beautiful Art Biographical Film

Rating 90

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