The true story of painter Margaret Keane's life in obscurity while her husband gleaned the notoriety for being the face of her work is brought to the screen by Tim Burton and his Ed Wood screenwriters, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The story opens in the late 1950s, when Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) packs up the car with her daughter and their personal belongings, and leaves her husband to start a new life in San Francisco. There, Margaret quickly reconnects with her old friend DeeAnn (Krysten Ritter), and falls head over heels for Walter (Christoph Waltz), an artist and part-time real-estate broker who soon shows great interest in her unique paintings of small children with strikingly expressive, saucer-like eyes. Before long, the two are married, and Walter is claiming credit for Margaret's increasingly popular paintings. With the money rolling in, Margaret initially agrees to go along with the ruse, but the closer she gets to her new husband the more she begins to realize that he's little more than a smooth-talking scam artist. Later, riddled with guild over the fact that she's been deceiving her own daughter as her paintings become a pop-culture phenomenon, Margaret leaves the increasingly abusive Walter, and moves to Hawaii. Only then does Margaret gain the confidence to reclaim the works that have been credited to her husband, even when doing so entails going before the judge and proving that she and she alone created the enchanting children with the big eyes. Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, and Jason Schwartzman co-star.~Jeremy Wheeler
This movie is awesome to every last detail. All of the actors and actresses are superb! Delaney Raye did an amazing job portraying "Young Jane". I recommend this movie to all Tim Burton Fans and all artist lovers.
Margaret Keane was made a prisoner and forced to live a lie. She was a timid, creative type not confident in her own skill and she was taken advantage of to the point she became trapped in this lie she felt she helped create. What was worse was that the cover-up of the initial lie became more punishing than the lie itself and only continued to grow and eat away at Margaret for the better part of a decade. With this type of story, this kind of inherently dramatic and interesting material there is plenty to dissect and examine and in the hands of a director like Tim Burton you might imagine that to be pretty promising. As of late though, Burton has resorted to a safety zone of reliable tricks and familiar stylings in order to keep his output regular and as a result his overall clout has somewhat diminished with those who adored his earlier work. Burton has always had a singular style, but the issue as of late has been finding material inspiring enough to match his peculiar visions. With Big Eyes he has the opportunity to present something of an introspective look at the dynamics of a marriage where one partner is essentially a slave and the other is delusional to the point of being a maniac. There are surely several statements to be made here, but Burton simply allows the material to speak for itself; intending to do little with his approach other than ensuring it looks like a Tim Burton film. As far as the depths of the souls in question here though, the material is only skin deep. For example, David Fincher took what could have easily become little more than a Lifetime-channel drama about a dysfunctional marriage earlier this year and by infusing it with his distinct voice, his precise style and countless undertones all while keeping the focus on one major theme crafted the most engaging crime thriller of the year if not the last decade. There is no such resonance to Big Eyes, but instead it is simply fine for what it is with two talented actors doing what they do best. It is a modest effort that I can't say I didn't enjoy as the story is interesting and perplexing, but I wasn't taken in by it and I wasn't thinking about it hours after leaving the theater. Instead, because it asked so little of me as an active viewer I suspected it had no intentions of lingering and so it's hard to fault it for being something it's not, but it's disappointing knowing it could have been something more.
This is an odd movie that would probably not be enjoyable if it were not based on a true story because it would be dismissed as unbelievable. However, the whole story is even more over-the-top than the two hour slice presented in this too odd to be fiction story. The events are well acted and well directed by people who actually got to know Margaret Keane. As odd as it is, the film is still more grounded than most of Tim Burton's movies. This is an offbeat and enjoyable drama.
Growing up we had one of the prints of 2 Gogo girls but I never new the story of the big eyes I was hoping to get a Blu-ray copy but I’m happy with what I was able to get.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
We've come along way!
Great movie all around. The acting is phenomenal. Demonstrates how far along we have come as a society and what happens when a person perseveres for truth, fairness and justice. Great movie for the old and young alike. The old will remember ..... while the young will find it hard to fathom. Lady "justice" shows her true colors with humor!
This is a movie I wanted to see and I feared I would have to order it from Amazon. I found it in your store and It was my birthday gift with Best Buy certificate. I loved seeing this movie as it is about a lady artist and I remember those painting with the large eyes. I am glad I bought it for my birthday as I enjoyed it.