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Well-acted, thought-provoking, and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary.
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Burton had a chance to make a powerful statement on the struggle for a woman to achieve artistic recognition and instead settled for another childlike fairy tale.
A feminist psycho-melodrama made without insight or dramatic excitement.
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are charismatic in the lead roles; occasionally they distract from the movie's overall smugness.
For all its tonal shifts and erratic pacing, the film is Burton's heartfelt tribute to the yearning that drives even the most marginalized artist to self expression no matter what the hell anyone thinks.
Burton might need to get further from blockbuster bloat in order to regain his formal mastery of kitsch. Right now his sense of comic portraiture is too easily mistakable for splatter painting.
Adams is lovely and tremulous, but Big Eyes would be even better if Waltz was in the same key.
It is a rare misstep for Burton who seems unsure what tone to adopt throughout. Certain visual and inventive flourishes of his are evident...et, he treats the vital moments in the story in a humdrum manner.
Big Eyes proves to be an entertaining and enlightening look at society and its ideals.
A melodrama with a comic touch, Big Eyes, is not meant to be a masterpiece, rather, an entertaining piece of art.
BIG EYES doesn't aim too high and could be a way for Burton to quietly start coming back into form, even if that form is derivative of earlier work.
The bizarre dysfunction afoot in the Keanes' marriage brings the best out of Burton as a filmmaker, who knows he is working with sensational material here.
I'd certainly prefer to see more films like this from Burton rather than see him return to his old, worn-out habits.
Not at all what I expected from a Tim Burton movie. Quite pleasantly surprised.
I had never heard of this artist, so the whole story was new to me. Though not exactly thrilling, it was quite interesting and I did find I got quite involved in the outcome.
I loathed that husband by the end. Really couldn't stand him. I liked the court scene near the end.
Amy Adams is great but unrecognisable. I thought the actress who played her young daughter was also very good.
If I were to speculate about what happened behind the scenes when they made this, it felt as if Tim Burton was given a sort of a dare: "you couldn't make a regular film if you tried!" and that this film was the answer to that challenge. Adams and Waltz seem to endeavor to stretch beyond the Movie-Of-The-Week limitations in place but fail, kitsch ultimately winning out over sentimentality. It's a generic film, surprisingly so.
When the Oscar nominations were released at the end of last year I was surprised to find that Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" was not on the list, like, anywhere. It seemed like a shoo-in, as it starred a two-time winner of Best Supporting Actor, and a five-time nominee in various acting categories. It was also a bio-pic, which the Academy always favors, and it was directed by Burton in his first bio-pic directorial effort since "Ed Wood." After seeing the film however, it became clear why it didn't get much acclaim.
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It is true that Art should elevate, but this superficial, unimpressive biopic does pander to the lowest common denominator with a cliched direction, uneven pacing and serious tonal problems in a ridiculous trial scene in the end that only feels silly and artificial.
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