Big Eyes

December 24, 2014

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in BIG EYES.

Directed by: Tim Burton

Written by: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

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

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief strong language)

Running Time: 105 minutes

You expect a Tim Burton film to have quirky characters, be visually engaging, and have a story that is “bent,” yet familiar. But BIG EYES is a straightforward true story about Walter Keane taking credit for Margaret Keane’s distinctive artwork. Gone are Burton’s usual partners–Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter–replaced with Christoph Waltz playing Walter and Amy Adams playing Margaret. Both do good work, but I wonder if a different actor other than Waltz, who brings an “unsettling” charm, would have been better if played by someone with a more “relaxed” or “smooth” charm. Ultimately, watching the talented Margaret Keane in an abusive relationship and giving up credit to her work is a tough watch.

Grade: B-

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