RATED: PG-13 (thematic elements and brief strong language)
NOT IN 3D
NOT IN RPX
Big Eyes is a triumph in many ways. Tim Burton’s direction is outstanding, the performances are appropriately quirky and strong and the pacing is spot on. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz both gave performances that were perfect for their characters. The film tells the story of painter Margaret Keane, who was famous for painting sad little children with massive eyes. The film focuses on when her husband, Walter Keane (Waltz) took the credit for her paintings, and became rich and famous for them. The narrative is smart and makes sure that the audience is on Adams’ side.Amy Adams does an excellent job of capturing the quiet and strong Margaret Keane, you can see the skepticism in her eyes, fear and anger. Christoph Waltz also gave a strong performance as Walter Keane. He had all of the charisma, but the darkness was still seen in him. There is one particular scene where Walter is extremely drunk that shows off the two lead’s performances. Showing fear, darkness, desperation and terror. Tim Burton’s direction was also very strong. He was able to take a story about quirky paintings and make an entire quirky world surrounding it, with charming characters and environments alike. There is one particular scene where Adams begins hallucinating and seeing big eyes on everyone where Burton’s direction truly shines. This film certainly was a great choice for Burton and I can’t imagine it being directed by anyone else. The supporting cast was also very strong featuring Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp, and many others. Jason Schwartzman’s performance was a great source of comic relief and an outstanding way to make the world even quirkier. He played the owner of the modern art gallery and he despised Walter Keane. Whenever he was on he would make some remark about Keane paintings and the entire audience would laugh in response. Big Eyes is definitely worth watching for fans of Tim Burton, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, or even just quirky movies. Big Eyes is playing nationwide and has been since Christmas.