Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp
Studio: The Weinstein Company
“Big Eyes” is going to frustrate a ton of people. While it’s a rather accurate take on the Margaret Keane story, it does delve into courtroom drama to cover a shoddy third act. But, is it any different than any other biopic written by the Alexander and Karaszewski team? They’re trying to craft a narrative out of the oddities that existed in a niche art market. While there are issues about feminist politics in the 1960s and marriage roles to be had, this is a film about the offbeat finding themselves through art.
While I’m a casual fan of Burton, I have to admit that the man has been working at the peak of his abilities recently. “Sweeney Todd”, “Frankenweenie” and “Dark Shadows” haven’t all been successes, but they show a man that’s willing to break out of the Goth Art School dropout phase and bridge into new arenas. It’s not fashionable to praise the man in a post “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” world, but name five working mainstream directors with Burton’s vision. Too late, you couldn’t do it. It’s just a shame that he can’t get the scripts to match his material.
Amy Adams continues to be on a hellbent quest to get that Oscar win. It’s not going to happen here, but she does offer up something that reflects the reverse of her “American Hustle” character. They are both women that know who they are, but they’re not quite sure if they’re going about it the right way. Watching both women in a double feature might be the best way to get inside of Amy Adams’ choices, but she kills it in all regards. Plus, Lana Del Rey delivers a song that is sure to get her some Oscar attention soon. It’s a fun effort all around that will probably get dismissed as light fare by the cinema elite.
RELEASE DATE: 12/25/2014