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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Big Eyes

Big story. Big disappointment

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. His story contains very few of the usual artist bio story arcs and it contains a big twist: Walter Keane's art was created by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams).

If you’ve seen the artwork, you can understand why director Tim Burton was drawn to this art and story of two misfits behind it. I just can’t understand why he directed this well cast film with random, awkward comedy bits. Considering this is a true story, screwball comedy feels inappropriate. There’s a needless courtroom scene that made me roll me eyes.

It’s hard to dislike a biography, because you walk away with some information about a great life. But I walked out of this film feeling pretty empty.

Simply put: This is not Tim Burton in Ed Wood mode, just another miss for the filmmaker.

Award potential: Big Eyes was overlooked by The Academy. Golden Globes honored Amy Adams with a win for Best Actress in a Comedy.

The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks.

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