Big Eyes review by Rashid Irani: Trouble in paradise

  • Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 10, 2015 15:34 IST

Big Eyes


Tim Burton


Amy Adams, Christoph WaltzRating:



Set in San Francisco during the late 1950s and early’60s, Big Eyes tells the little-known tale of the American artist Margaret Keane. A single mother, she (Adams) obsessively painted children with oversized, sad eyes.

Her second husband (Waltz) is a realtor-turned-Sunday painter who starts to palm off his wife’s work as his own claiming that “people don’t buy lady art”. A canny salesman, he ensures that the paintings became hugely popular.

As much about the unravelling of an art scandal as about female empowerment in a male-dominated era with an indelible performance by Amy Adams. Even though Burton's storytelling is sometimes erratic, the end result is a poignant portrait of an artist who claws her way back into mainstream acceptance by reclaiming her creative legacy.

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