Big Eyes - 5 Stars
Tim Burton’s latest film is utterly different from anything he’s ever done, and it’s superb!
A drama about the awakening of the 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.
This movie relies on two actors and the tension between those actors. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz were both amazing, offering performances of a lifetime. The real amazement is how none of these actors were nominated for Oscars in the recent ceremony! This film also offers a surprising good performance from Krysten Ritter who plays Margaret’s best friend. The other most noteworthy performance is that of Terence Stamp. Stamp plays an art critic who doesn’t like the Big Eyes paintings and this causes tension between him and Walter Keane. While Stamp plays a very similar character to most of his other work, his performance is still eerie and memorable!
The script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski is beautifully written and you can tell that everything has been planned out superbly. The camera work in this film is also riveting; the way certain shots are framed and the clean look brought to the film really means the audience is able to focus on exactly what the filmmakers want you to see.
Overall this film in itself is a piece of artwork, do yourself a favour and go see Big Eyes!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas