Flash Movie Review: Big Eyes

They reside together as if they were long lost relatives. With some people they may be siblings or half siblings; in others they could be first cousins twice removed. Inside of me they are definitely related; sometimes they are stepbrothers, other times they are half siblings. Either way I find creativity and therapy have a strong connection to each other. My strongest example would be when I used to play piano. It made no difference if I was playing a classical, popular or improvised piece; piano playing always had a calming effect on me. I know several individuals who are quite artistic, one makes jewelry and another designs company annual reports. Each one finds therapeutic value within their creative process. Even though a person may claim they are not creative, I still see them doing an activity that incorporates the right side of their brain for creativity, with a touch of therapeutic value thrown in. An example would be someone who acquires unique earrings, not the usual mass produced kind. The simple act of looking and judging the earring takes some creative license for them to incorporate them into their wardrobe. This is not a cop-out on my part, but there is some truth to the term: retail therapy. ย  ย BACK in the 1950s an artist emerged onto the scene named Walter Keane, played by Christoph Waltz (The Three Musketeers, Water for Elephants). His large eyed subjects lead the way to a new way of marketing art. The only problem was he did not know how to draw them. This film festival nominated drama was based on a true story. Amy Adams (American Hustle, The Fighter) who played his wife Margaret was the focal point for this biographical story and she was outstanding. I enjoyed watching her character grow from point A to point B; it was a fully acted out journey. Unfortunately I could not say the same thing for Christoph; his character became too cartoonish for me. Part of the fault had to be placed on the director, Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish). If I had not known, I would have never guessed he had directed this movie. There were uneven parts throughout, going from Christoph’s odd performance to laser sharp acting from Terence Stamp (Wanted, Unfinished Song) as John Canaday and Krysten Ritter (Listen Up Philip, What Happens in Vegas) as DeeAnn. Besides Amy’s wonderful acting, the story was outrageous enough that it kept my attention throughout the picture. I just wished there had been more consistency in this film; but on the other hand, just watching it in the theater was still therapeutic for me.


2 3/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 2, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. thanks for the review Sir ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Just saw this today. I did think Waltz’s performance was a little over the top but apparently that’s how the real life Walter was according to the real life Margaret! I still thought it was sound just a little too comedic maybe for the film. I really, really enjoyed this film however. Good review.

    • So glad you got to see this movie and enjoyed it. I haven’t had the time yet to delve deeper into finding out more about Margaret and her life. Thanks for the comments, I always appreciate hearing from you.

  3. Thanks for coming, review and Happy New Year !!

  4. Good review. I will give this a watch now. Thank you

  5. I agree with playing the piano – or similar activity – having a calming effect. I think it uses a different part of the brain; the creative process.
    Not seen this movie, but I do like Terence Stamp; I think he is an underrated actor.

    • Thank you and it is always a pleasure to meet someone who has the same reaction to the creative process. I agree with you regarding Terence Stamp. If you have not seen Unfinished Song, I think you would really enjoy it.

  6. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it more. I just posted up my Top 10 list of 2014 and it actually cracked it. I do think you make some very good points though.

  7. I was lucky enough to have seen this with Burton, Waltz & Adams doing a Q & A afterwards where they noted they had even toned down in a big way, the character of Walter Keane. There is actual transcripts & footage of the courtroom scene where he is so completely out of control in real life, they just thought it wouldn’t be believable. So then I think I understood it more! ๐Ÿ˜€ I liked the film..it’s not my fav. but thought they both did decently good performances.. Happy 2015 to you!!!

    • Hi Peggy and how lucky you were to see this film with the cast. I want to look into the real lives of these individuals to get a better understanding. Thank you for stopping by and may 2015 provide you continued good health, happiness and (hopefully) a bumper crop of “4 star” films. Thank you.

  8. I’m actually really looking forward to seeing this movie! Reading that it was therapeutic to watch just makes me more excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. An exquisite review on various forms of creativity!!!!! Creativity is that essence within that assists us to be renewed, as you have pointed out. The wonderful process of your creative memory of various movies and actors/actresses in writing your reviews is marvelous, assisting your reader to remember or even to venture to see a movie mentioned that they haven’t seen, is another wonderful creative tool you use. The simple act of viewing a movie fuels your creativity forward to create even more reviews, for us who love to read wonderfully creative reviews!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

  10. I adored this film. I didn’t expect to either but Tim Burton won me over with his passion for the subject. ALMOST made my Top 10 for the year: http://fastfilmreviews.com/2014/12/28/big-eyes/

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