Big Eyes

Big Eyes
BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA
2014

DIRECTOR: Tim Burton CAST: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, Delaney Raye, Madeleine Arthur
AWARDS:

  • Golden Globes
    • WINNER
      • Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Amy Adams)
    • NOMINATED
      • Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Christoph Waltz) Best Original Song, Motion Picture (Lana Del Rey – “Big Eyes”)

RATING – 7.4 out of 10

  • Acting – 7 out of 10
    • Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz were very good, though they both played very familiar characters: Amy Adams began as meek and mousy and transformed into mighty, and Christoph Waltz was a sardonic schmoozer. Given the many triumphant performances this year, I don’t know if I’d consider theirs to be amongst the best. And I definitely don’t understand why they’re both nominated in the Musical or Comedy acting categories. This film was not a musical and it was definitely not a comedy. It looks like we’ve got a repeat of My Week with Marilyn on our hands at the Globes this year.
  • Writing/Dialogue – 7 out of 10
    • Pretty good, though not the best of the year.
  • Diversity – 6 out of 10 As this is a biographical film, I have decided not to include Diversity in the rating
    • It’s about a woman overcoming the oppressiveness of not only her husband but of men in general. She’s trying to make her own in a patriarchal society, but at the same time she wants to give her daughter a life she never had. So she sacrifices her dignity and individuality so that her husband can take credit and have glory. She overcomes it, though, and finds her voice and yells out so that the whole world can hear it.
  • Visual Effects – 6 out of 10
    • The visual effects were very minimal in this, being only hallucinations of people with big eyes, but there was something off-putting about them. And it wasn’t just the unnerving fact of being gigantic eyes.
  • Cinematography & Art Direction – 10 out of 10
    • This is where the film really shone, as Tim Burton films are wont to. But it was a much more subdued version of what we are used to seeing. It was still a beautiful image to behold.
  • Musical Score & Sound Editing – 6 out of 10
    • Not my most favourite musical score from Danny Elfman. And I honestly don’t really care for “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Rey; it’s really hard to understand what she’s singing. And there were points where you couldn’t make out the dialogue over the music.
  • Costumes, Makeup, & Hairstylings – 8 out of 10
    • I loved the costumes, but Amy Adams’s hair seemed to get bigger and bigger with each scene.
  • Plot/Story – 6 out of 10
    • Perhaps it’s because I’m so used to Tim Burton’s effervescent panache, but this film seemed a bit lacklustre and prosaic, enough so that it didn’t have my complete attention.
  • Time – 7 out of 10
    • A bit on the long-winded side.
  • Grandiosity vs Humility – 10 out of 10
    • Tim Burton tried his hardest to tell the story of Margaret Keane, in as artful and yet simple of a way as he could. And I think, overall, it was a success.
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