MRM: “Big Eyes”
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Movie Review Monday: Big Eyes
Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz
Watching this movie is not a relaxing experience. It provokes strong emotions of annoyance, resentment and overall frustration. I spent the majority of the movie wanting to slap Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) across the face. I would say this is a goal the creators would have aimed to achieve so ultimately, it has done well. The only complaint I have is the movie was a little bit slow.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this film it is based off of a true story. It is about artist Margaret Keane who popularized in the 1950’s. Her husband, Walter Keane convinces her that she won’t be able to make sales as a woman in that era and begins taking credit for her work.
After winning Best Actor Award for his breakout role in Inglorious Basterds, it’s expected that Christoph Waltz could flourish in any type of role. In the beginning of the movie, he is very charming. He has such a positive attitude and outlook that you aspire to be as happy as he is. Once the movie continues along you begin to resent the fact he ever won you over and you really face the entire movie in Margaret Keane (Amy Adams)’s shoes.
I called this movie a bit slow but at the same time, that may have been intended. The only thing I wish there was a bit more of in this movie would be different conflicts including the surrounding characters. I would have liked to see her friend DeeAnn (Krysten Ritter) around more often with a stronger will or persistence to help Margaret out. As well, a little more insight from the different perspectives. You do get vibes from her daughter and DeAnn but there should have been a conversation between them two to steer away from the main characters a bit. It’s sort of like knowing the plot of Titanic… the ship is going to sink! And then waiting around for that to happen and seeing how it ends. We know he takes credit for the paintings before entering the theater but what more conflicts do the character’s face and how does it end?
With that in mind, the intention was to aggravate you and the more you watch as Walter’s success thrive and Margaret hide behind locked doors painting, the more it really does the job. It was a repetition of his accreditation and with each one a little more fume bursts out of your nose. I think this film was portrayed exactly as planned and for that reason I would recommend it. Perhaps keep a doll by your side as you watch, that way, when you want to reach out and strangle him; you will have something else to release the anger on.
Based off of the unique and intriguing style of the paintings, you may have guessed that Tim Burton would be the director of this movie. Although he strays away from the imagination for this one as it is non-fictional, you still get his sense of mood setting. The scenery and the soft touches appear similar to that of his 2003 film Big Fish. I look forward to anything that man is a part of.
Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another sudden boom in sales for those big eyed paintings. They are hard to look away from.