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Plot: A drama about the awakening of 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. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 25 Dec 2014
The movie is beautiful and Amy Adams is brilliant in her portrayal of Margaret Keane. She should get an Oscars for this.I was entertained, holding off going to the bathroom because each scene in the movie is important part so I'd understand the next one on why behaviors are like that. No boring scene for me.The movie is funny and light it makes you feel good after leaving the theater. Almost a feel-good movie only it's drama in category and a little on human psychology.The story is interesting, the conflict is more of a moral one. If you're a person with no integrity and honesty <more>
is not a cup of your tea, you might find this lame and you won't find the conflict enough for the pay off at the end. Enjoyable, definitely one for renting or blue-ray collection.Amy Adams is the best part here though. I think.
Big Eyes brushes a interesting sight on artists and proving ones credibility (by RforFilm)
You can learn a lot about a person based on the things that they put on their walls. Guys like me who have movie poster can be identified as obvious film geeks. Those that fill their walls with classical art tend to be prim and proper, even if what they own are copies. Those that have sports imagery tend to be more aggressive and a tad more ambitious with their plans. Those that choose to place nothing on their walls are minimalist and value their own lives over the thoughts of others. The art that one ones not only tells a thousand words in the picture, but it says millions about the <more>
owner.Going on the subject of classical, those that are not of higher class at least want to be seen as classy. Hence those that can't afford true art will buy posters. Once such poster that filled plenty of homes were the "Big Eyes" paintings that Margaret Keane produced. Distinct by the dark imagery of children with oversize pupils, this is a rare form of art that is both challenging yet simple enough that even non art fans can perceive this as "interesting" looking. Big Eyes gives us a different perspective of the artist behind the brush. In 1958, Margaret Hawkins played by Amy Adams left her first husband, taking her child Jane with her, and moving to San Francisco where she hopes she can become a true artist. She uses her painting skills to get a job at a furniture design store while she paints caricatures on the weekends at art fairs. She's set up next to another artist Walter Keane played by Christoph Waltz who see's that her work as fascinating. In order to prevent Jane from being taken away, she agrees to marry Walter and she's pretty swoon by his charming, salesman-like attitude.A misunderstanding at a nightclub causes Walter to claim one of Margret's paintings as his own. At first she's mad by this, but when her husband convinces her that the art would sale better if the public knew that a man painted the "Big Eyes", she agrees to go along with the charade. Walter becomes a celebrity by the public as a genus and manages to sell more posters of the "Big Eyes" then of the art. The pressure persuades Margaret to eventually divorce him and even try to get her credit back, but of course have to challenge Walter on his insistence that the "Big Eyes" are his.What people are not going to guess out of Big Eyes is that Tim Burton directed it. It seems odd because the story is too human for an artsy guy like him even though he also directed another great biopic, Ed Wood . But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Tim Burton really knew what he was doing for this. Sure, Big Eyes doesn't have the traditional German Expressionism that Burton is more established with, but he does have an eye for giving the past a postcard look to it. San Francisco and Hawaii look really nice here.I can tell that what attracted Amy Adams to this story is that Big Eyes is a feminist movie. It addresses the trouble of the position women were in and how the public perceived that Margaret could have not been talented enough to paint these images. She's really likable as you want to she her prove justice to her art. Christoph Waltz is just perfect here, playing the scumbag con artist that Walter Keane probably was. These two make a good team in a story about art that should appeal to most people.I'll give this ten "Big Eyes" paintings out of ten. Even those that are not into art will probably enjoy this movie as it's more about the painter then the paintings. It's really a story about a strange marriage and claiming ones right to their work. If you can, open your own big eyes to such a great film.
Excellent Movie Missed by Naysayers (by chicago-coltrane)
The user reviews of those who didn't care for this movie seem to have missed much of the backdrop of this movie and are tone deaf. To criticize the movie because one thinks the main character should have made different choices in real life is just silly. For a reviewer to criticize the movie because he saw the movie by default, without any idea of what it was about, and he wasn't entertained by it, is his fault for not selecting a movie in which he had some interest. Furthermore, the choices made by the actors are entirely understandable when viewed through their eyes in the time <more>
period portrayed. If you enjoy period piece movies about events in the 1960's, if you enjoy good character movies, and if you would enjoy seeing the power of a narcissist in all his/her glory, you would enjoy seeing this movie. The fact that it is based on true events is very interesting, and the epilogue indicates what transpired after the film concludes. Solid entertainment and memorable story, supported by terrific performances. Nice pacing and balance between character emotions and advancing the story, which is difficult to achieve.
As an art lover I enjoyed Big Eyes because it exposes some the complexity of inspiration and the creation of art. Big Eyes as the title shows is about the Big Eyes paintings. But it also has the theme of how strong women can overcome any challenge. In the 1950s it was unimaginable for a woman to set her own course. The main character leaves her husband and takes her child only to fall for a smooth talker who takes credit for her art. All is OK, until she discovers she wants to grow and not be hidden in the darkness. Along the way she uses the art as a means to expose herself and share to the <more>
Greetings from Lithuania."Big Eyes" 2014 is more of good feel comedy drama then a serious biography drama as it's genre indicates. Yes, it is based on a very true story, but this is not a typical biopic by any means. It's a "light" and easy movie, with some great performances by both leads, tight pacing, very nice writing and directing. No wonder that it was mentioned in an Comedy or Musical categories at Golden Globes and not in motion picture drama.Overall, this is true very well made biography drama about some painters and frauds. Won't going to spoil <more>
anything, just going to say that i was very surprised by the ending when i find out that this actually happen, well, probably not word by word but the outcome did happen actually how it was portrait in the movie. This is a very fine picture from legendary director Tim Burton, and safe to say that this is his best movie in years simply by not being "a Tim Burton's" movie as we know them. This small budget picture in terms of other's T.Burton's flicks actually is much more lovely and intimate then his recent works. I will go even so far and say that i haven't enjoy his movie so much since 1999's "Sleepy Hollow".
New cast, new story, new year, new goals, same focus, same themes, same magic, same old (by StevePulaski)
Not a week ago did I write a review for Chris Rock's "Top Five," a film about self-reliance and the belief in oneself in order to remain relevant and exercise one's creative and artistic drive in a brazen manner. It hasn't even been two months since I wrote a review for "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ," another film about self-worth, self-reliance, and the desire to remain relevant and important, not compromising your artistic integrity so others, including yourself, can profit, but so you can maintain the kind of value that could potentially <more>
last you a lifetime. Now, on Christmas Day, I'm faced with Tim Burton's "Big Eyes," cementing my comments that 2014 has really been a year for artists in every sense, showing their struggles, their ability to be corrupted and used, and showing their rhino-skinned interiors make for incredible films about determination and drive in a way that doesn't have to be a pit of clichés."Big Eyes," by far, is the saddest film of the three, concerning a young mother who chose to separate from her husband in the "all is well," cheery times of the 1950's to only become entangled in a second marriage that would further exploit her for all she was worth in a way that could've been worse than her first. The story is of Margaret Amy Adams , who left her husband almost dead broke and with little employment options being inexperienced and a woman. All Margaret knew was she loved to paint and was good at it, often drumming up solid business at local art fairs where she would paint pictures of patrons, emphasizing the features brought forth on their eyes and their pupils. She believed the eyes were the windows to the soul and defined emotion and momentary contentment through those particular windows.Margaret's art drew the attention of Walter Keane Christoph Waltz , a self-proclaimed artist who spoke of studying extensively in France, who also worked as a salesman of his personal portraits of the streets of France. Walter saw opportunity in Margaret's work, and immediately went after her, basically seeing her figures' large eyes as large, gleaming dollar signs ready to be taken to the bank and cashed for every cent they were worth. After only knowing each other for a short time, Margaret fell into Walter's trap of marriage and profit, as he took credit for painting the art while soliciting it to different venues, exhibits, and clients while she sat back in her study, slaving away at a worn paintbrush.Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" focuses on the artistic corruption of Margaret's work through the act of reproducing original paintings by use of mass-printing, and how one person's original vision and deep-rooted symbolism within his or her works can be corrupted by another person's ability to smooth-talk and coerce. Walter promised riches, and, for the record, he made both him and Margaret a great deal of money on her works, but at what cost? The cost of artistic integrity and the compromise of one's original vision, which are priceless in the grand scheme to amounts jotted down in a checkbook or a ledger.Burton conducts "Big Eyes" with his trademark sense of manipulation and exaggeration of conventions, situations, and environments. Consider how dreamlike and antiseptic Margaret's suburban home with her first husband looks, echoing the plasticity of the environment in Burton's classic "Edward Scissorhands." Consider how frequently lush and saturated Margaret's environment becomes when she starts painting, as colors and fine details push themselves into the foreground and show you how beautiful of a film this becomes from a visual standpoint. The way Burton blends surrealism into the film makes the madness unfold in an even greater manner, with the scene where Margaret is shopping in a supermarket and sees her paintings and artistic works cheapened to ubiquitous reproductions being one of my favorite scenes this year.Some will comment on how Waltz seems to be overacting at times here, but frankly, I feel it kind of works, as he is supposed to be a hyperactive, impulsive, and idealistic salesman, so his personality should be something along the lines of exaggerated. He pulls it off tremendously here, being menacing at times but always fiercely watchable thanks to his character's ability to do such horrible things while remaining smiley and acting as if he is not doing anything wrong. Adams, here, is a marvel as well, quiet, thoughtful, unlike her husband, and carries robot-like sentiment in the best way during the film, moving like a programmed automaton when we can see so much is going on inside her that she's on the brink of a mental burnout."Big Eyes" is a great film thanks to its performances and impeccable visuals, but sneaks up on you with the weight and emotional-strength of its themes about artistic integrity and being coerced into the compromise of one's vision in the worst possible way. It wasn't until I walked out of this film, alone and in a contemplative mood, that I realized this was one of the saddest films I have seen all year while simultaneously the most beautiful.
Not typical Tim Burton, still a nice drama that's fun and it inspires with love, and finding artistic discovery. (by blanbrn)
I'm a big fan of Tim Burton and with his latest "Big Eyes" it clearly is not typical Tim Burton it's more of a serious tone and manner it's different from comic book tales and animation of the dark senses and world of Tim. This film is actually a true take on the life and times of female painter Margaret Keane as it's a true tale of discovery, fate and getting to know your world thru the eyes of art. Set in the 1950's California Margaret Keane Amy Adams is a single mother who decides to set out on her own as her talents of the brush and drawing is her only hope <more>
to earn her bucks for her and her daughter. Upon meeting Walter Christoph Waltz a sharp and arrogant know it all showman type, it's under the spell that Margaret soon becomes Mrs. Keane. And success and fame and public notice comes from the couples paintings only the Mr. takes all the credit! This film becomes a legal dispute as who is claiming the work is in question yet you as the viewer know who's best at the brush! Overall nice little sentimental film from Tim it's different yet that's what makes a director and a film work that's a different take that appeals to the big eyes of viewers!
I had no idea what to expect before watching this film. I asked my wife to pick and she selected a gem. Amy Adams delivers her best performance to date. The range of emotion she had to portray was impressive. At times she was vulnerable and desperate, at times she was empowered and at other stages of her life you got to see a deep sense of compromised pride rivaled by her desire to maintain her family unit. I was glued to the screen by the fascinating story and the fantastic cast, as well as Burton's artistic influence. I don't know anything about the story so I was left wondering if <more>
Krysten Ritter's character represented the original inspiration for the big eye paintings since she had huge, dreamy doe eyes in my humble, personal opinion . Waltz plays a character unlike any he has tackled before. He has an inherent likability but to his credit, he is able to erode that as a perfect pace for the story. If you can appreciate cinema as an art, I highly recommend this classic.
As a fan of Burton's I liked how out of his element he went with this. (by bbickley13-921-58664)
This movie has Tim Burton's stank all over it. From the cinematography and art direction, set in a 1950s and 60s style when the story takes place . To the music of Danny Elfman. Burton tells the story of a woman whose art he obviously admires cause I see her small or rather big eye influence on his own sketches. He did the movie in that indie style we all have come to think of as a genre, which caught me off guard a little, cause I've seen him do a biography before with Ed Wood that seem Better done than this one. It's a very low Key attempt for Burton.It was an interesting <more>
take on women's lib, but the story went by too quickly. That's ironic as most people would love the fact that it's only a few minutes over ninety, but the whole time I felt rushed through the story. Shout out to Mr. Christoph Waltz who proved yet again what a great supporting actor he is. Amy Adams was good as well and Kristen Ritter's small role was another element to prove that Tim Burton did this. Overall, if you are a fan of Burton, it is totally worth it to see him do something different but still have his stamp all over it.