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From the Academy Award® winning team that brought you Ed Woods, Big Eyes focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the country. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter’s contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.
- Aspect Ratio : 16:9
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 61781
- Director : Tim Burton
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Ultraviolet, Ultraviolet
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : April 14, 2015
- Actors : Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter
- Dubbed: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Anchor Bay
- ASIN : B00RY87X3S
- Number of discs : 1
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For anyone that knows the story of Margaret Keane and who she is, then there really are no surprises in this movie. It takes place during the height of her fame as a painter when she was one of the most popular artists in the country who would later inspire other famous artists. She was known for painting exaggerated portraits of children with huge appearing eyes that are larger than life and conveying deep emotion. The only problem is that no one knew she was the painter because her husband was committing fraud by posing as the painter publicly and in the media for ten years. Ouch. That alone will piss someone off.
Margaret is played brilliantly by Amy Adams who hits all of the right notes in portraying someone with a sense of awareness that what her husband is doing is wrong. Why does she not say anything? Why does she allow it to continue? Her silent disapproval and frustration is apparent to the viewer, but not to her husband who seems to be bouncing off the walls like a court jester deceiving everyone he comes into contact with. The husband, Walter Keane is played by Christopher Waltz. He's got to have done a terrific job, because most everyone that watches this film will find him irritating as he parades around publicly that he's the painter of these infamous portraits of children with Big Eyes.
There were some elements that were omitted from the film, such as when Margaret files for divorce and announces that she is the painter, there is a stage out set up by the media in a huge park to bring both Margaret and Walter together in a face off. This would be to both paint something on the set up canvas for each. Margaret showed up, but Walter didn't and we know why. This was omitted as well as that Margaret later remarries a man she meets in Hawaii who in real life she says helped her to stand up to Walter. I would think someone that important who helped her fight back would be included in this movie, but alas for whatever reason it's not.
For the most part, the movie is well done, looks great, and pays homage to a painter who never got to enjoy her fame at the height of it. Instead she was hiding out in a basement painting 16 hours a day to make her husband more famous. This is not picked up on the movie and should have been also. The overall general plot may anger and frustrate others to watch as this woman is taken advantage of and yet says and does nothing. It's a different time now and what Margaret was experiencing would likely not happen today. This was happening in the late 1950's and early 1960's when women took a back seat to their husband. Divorce was still frowned upon and a woman setting up on her own was seen as controversial. You would be an outcast. The emotions conveyed in this movie are relatable today, but not the conditions Margaret Keane was in, so it will anger many viewers who may just see her as weak, pathetic, and a doormat. This may make it a difficult watch for those who prefer their lead protagonist in stories to not be a victim. If it's any consolation, she rises to that challenge, but for the viewer it may be too late.
This film shows an aspect of battered women's syndrome that involves purely emotional and psychological abuse. Dependency. Co-dependency. Gas lighting.
Margaret tried searching for answers. She was raised a the Methodist. She confessed to a Catholic priest. She became a smoking and drinking nervous wreck, abusing her body, hiding from the world. She lived a monstruous lie for a decade.
This woman imprisoned and isolated herself, even from her own beloved daughter. Her daughter had to be the voice of reason and help pull her out of that darkness.
"I know. I'm not a child anymore."
"Hey, is Jehovah okay with suing?"
Margaret had allowed herself to be cut off from the two things that mattered to her the most, her daughter, and her art, her talent. But the Truth set her free.
It's amazing how much the actress favors the real Margaret Keenan.
Interesting concept having the story narrated by a reporter.
Walter Keenan comes off as a real schmoozer. A creep and a bit of a clown, albeit, believable. People do eat that up!
Margaret is played by Amy Adams. Amy never disappoints, and she does not disappoint here. Walter Keane is played by Christopher Waltz, who delivers another brilliant performance as Walter Keane, a first-class huckster, con and fraud.
One problem: The real Walter Keane did not speak with Waltz’s Austrian accent. Check out his videos on You Tube. The real Walter Keane spoke standard English with an occasional slight inflection. If you listen carefully, he speaks with a slight Midwest inflection, a reflection of the area from which the real Walter Keane was born and raised. The real Walter Keane was a huckster, con and fraud, that part depicted in “Big Eyes” is true. In life, however, it appears to be he was of the one-hundred percent American variety.
Tim Burton can be excused for this exercise of artistic license. “Big Eyes” shows what a good director he can be when he is focused and disciplined and does not totally give in to his flights of enormous imagination.
This movie is also a good excuse to see Waltz again in action. He has an uncanny ability to dominate the screen in any role he plays.
And how fitting and ironic it is that a man like Walter Keane, a total American con in real life, should be portrayed by an actor from Europe!
This movie should not be missed.
Everyone knows the story by now. I was never a fan of the big-eyed children until I got into anime/manga. Now the images shown in the movie fascinate me. I'd like one of a cat!
Although it seems a little slow at times, it represents how slow it must have been for Margaret all those years. I'm glad she got her revenge in the end (AND her money!).
Odd note (for me) was that the daughter, in her later years, looked exactly like one of the Big Eye paintings! Couldn't take my 'eyes' off her 'eyes.'
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In the 1960's, Painter Walter Keane [Christoph Waltz] was all the rage in America thanks to his paintings of children with big eyes. He revolutionised the marketing of art via selling postcards and posters of the pictures rather than just the painting. A lot of the art establishment didn't like that. Or the art itself. But many did and things sold enough to make him very rich.
Then the truth came out. Walter wasn't the painter. His wife Margaret [Amy Adams] was.
Big Eyes tells Margaret's story. From when she left her first husband to when she met Walter. And how one little white lie told on the spur of the moment became a very big one indeed.
It's not just about the story of the lady in question though. As it tackles other themes. The value of art. The creative process. And how one woman found the confidence to take credit for her life's work.
Whilst the visuals don't tell the story quite as much as they usually might in a Tim Burton movie, there's a great deal of nice art direction and colour here which makes it very pleasing for the eye. This is a character story first and foremost, and for once Tim Burton does get to demonstrate what a good director he is with actors. Getting many quality performances out of the cast.
All of which makes for a fascinating and engrossing watch.
There are a couple of minor flaws. It could do with shedding five or so minutes in the second half just to pick up the pacing a bit. And although Christoph Waltz is very good, his performance is just slightly familiar. As if you're watching him acting rather than a character. Although it is very good acting.
You might find some of what goes on in the climactic courtroom scene rather hard to believe. But that's not a problem because apparently it's a toned down version of what actually did.
The film is also rather clever in that it tests your powers of observation. You'll see what I mean.
A thoroughly engrossing and very watchable movie that brings a remarkable story to life, and gets a remarkable lady the recognition she well deserves as well. It's well worth a watch.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
The disc begins with several trailers, which can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.
For once, DVD viewers do well extras wise. With a twenty minute long making of documentary and a thirty two minute long question and answer session involving cast and the director. And Margaret Keane for some of it. Both are very good extras and good viewing.
Tim Burton's film tells the story of Margaret Keane, the painter of the “Big Eyes” paintings which became incredibly popular in the early 60s; the twist is that Walter, her husband had been taking credit for them until Margaret finally left him and re-claimed the work as her own, eventually resulting in a court case that reaches an almost surreal level.
The performances by Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are excellent, as are the supporting cast – I particularly liked the almost incidental contributions of Terence Stamp as an art critic and Jason Schwartzman as the snobby gallery-owner.
The period detail really makes the film though; with beautiful photography and locations the West Coast artistic scene of the time is brilliantly realised, aided by a soundtrack from Danny Elfman and including jazz recordings by Cal Tjader, Red Garland, Miles Davis/Sonny Rollins and a couple of original songs by Lana Del Rey.
This is a thoughtful – and thought provoking film; art by women never received much attention or financial success until quite recently; that Keane`s paintings became a commercial success (and the way it happened) is an interesting sub-text to the film.
A really compelling, entertaining movie well worth your viewing time.
The DVD film is presented in anamorphic 16:9 widescreen with English SDH subtitles; extras are a “Making of” documentary (about 20 mins) and a Q&A feature (about 30 mins) with Burton, cast members and an appearance by Margaret Keane in the first clip.
Never rated Amy adams before I seen this movie but she can act easily out shinning waltz in every scene