Thanks to Roadshow Films we had the chance to see Tim Burton‘s new film Big Eyes before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself.
Recently separated aspiring artist, Margaret (Amy Adams), escapes with her daughter to San Francisco in order to start a new life and hopefully make her dreams of becoming a well-know painter true. Margaret’s unique style of portraying kids with big eyes suddenly grabs the attention of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) whose paintings are mostly representations of European streets, where he used to live and study art.
The pair fall for each other and get married, with both of them working hard to become respected artists. Yet, everything comes with a cost. Margaret’s paintings finally get noticed and the big eyes kids become extremely popular; however, there is one problem: Walter has taken credit for being the artist behind the paintings. He claims that it was the only way that they could succeed, since female artists are not taken seriously. Margaret is forced to paint in secret, and must continue to allow her husband to take all the credit for her work. The frustrating situation isn’t even made easier after they become millionaires, as Margaret is to discover a shocking truth about the man she married, who is apparently not the artist he originally claimed to be. This revelation forces her to finally speak up and tell the truth, despite the possible consequences.
Based on true events and directed by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is an excellent drama that absolutely drags viewers in, thanks to tour-de-force performances given by Academy Award winner, Christoph Waltz, and Amy Adams. The pair carry the entire film: Waltz is charming, but manic, and the likeable, sad and submissive Adams steals the heart of every viewer who sees through her character’s eyes.
Big Eyes could have been a massive flop, and Tim Burton seems like an odd choice for the film. However, the imaginative director delivers an absolutely solid final product. Only small bits and pieces of his iconic gothic signature style are evident, yet he again proves his talent as a filmmaker by casting the right people for the job, and by keeping the story as close as possible to the original one, with the blessing of the real Margaret Keane. Definitely one of Burton‘s finest films and an absolute must see!
Big Eyes opens in cinemas on 19 March 2015