‘The more you lie, the smaller you seem’
Tim Burton directs this docudrama film about a painter called Margaret Keane whos manipulative compulsive liar of a husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) claimed credit for her work, popular paintings of children with big eyes. We get a hint of a different sort of Burton film minus Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the usually dark natured Burton explores a different reality of Keane’s paintings, and takes a couple of incredible actors with him. The colour scheme made the movie look like a painting itself.
Big Eyes is a world away from Corpse Bride or even Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, but we always have that domineering and overpoweringly scheming presence whenever Christoph Waltz is on screen- halfway between slightly overacting or getting downright frightened of his charecter, although he as an actor lives off the sadisticness of various previous characters. If Walter Keane was around nowadays he would be sent to some sort of mental institute- even Waltz manipulates us when he switches over from charming to a psychopath.
Amy Adams, was also very good at playing Margaret Keane and she hid all the years of her husband’s manipulative behavior in herself because he was so popular to the point where he took away her creativeness and personality to get himself to the top. She carries the depth of her charecter throughout the whole film and turns into the object of her husband’s cover up.
I feel uncomfortable to give it a 5/5 because there are some bits that I generally hated watching, although it was good that Margaret got what she needed in the end and is currently still painting even if she is now an old lady. It also often felt like a bright and slightly dramatized documentary where you felt scared of Christoph Waltz’s character, felt sorry for Margaret Keane, and realized that the quality of artwork depends on if someone else likes it. I could not believe that Tim Burton had directed it, but he did do a good job and still had that undermining dark tone. The soundtrack to include a titular Lana Del Rey track suited the film well because Walter was made of lies to get what he needed and wanted.
Terence Stamp from Priscilla and Jason Schwartsmann also star.