The biographical drama, Big Eyes, is making its way to Netflix this month, and it’s a film you won’t want to miss.
Directed by Tim Burton, known for his comic macabre oeuvre, and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Big Eyes takes viewers on a journey into the extraordinary world of artist Margaret Keane. It features outstanding performances from Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
Technically not a horror film per se, AO Scott called the film “A horror movie tucked inside a domestic drama wrapped up in a biopic” in the New York Times review of Big Eyes.
The film was initially supposed to star Kate Hudson and Thomas Haden Church, and then Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds became attached to the project. Being stuck in developmental hell saw several faces come and go. Eventually, when Burton took over as director, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz came on board. Filming began in July 2013.
Big Eyes was Burton’s first film since Edward Scissorhands to have an editor other than Chris Lebenzon. During the production of Big Eyes, Lebenzon was occupied with his work on the film Maleficent.
What is Big Eyes about?
Big Eyes explores the fascinating relationship between Margaret Keane and her second husband, Walter Keane. Set in the 1950s and 1960s, the film delves into the story behind Margaret’s phenomenally popular paintings of people with big eyes, which captured the nation’s attention. However, the charismatic but manipulative Walter Keane took credit for Margaret’s artistic creations for years, profiting off of it and eventually battling for recognition in court.
Helmed by brilliant performers like Adams and Waltz, the film delivers a deliciously unique blend of drama, mystery, and psychological thrills. Adams delivered a powerhouse performance as Margaret Keane, showcasing her incredible talent and emotional depth. Her portrayal captured the artist’s vulnerability, strength, and resilience, while Waltz acted as the perfect foil. In his signature style, Waltz brought an unsettling charm and complexity to the role.
Burton, known for his distinctive darkly whimsical storytelling style, immerses viewers in a visually stunning and atmospheric world. His visual flair adds an eerie and fantastical touch to it.
Big Eyes received critical acclaim upon its release, with particular praise for the performances of Adams and Waltz. The film’s success extended beyond the performances, with Lana Del Rey’s haunting title song, “Big Eyes,” earning a Golden Globe nomination.
Whether you enjoy biographical dramas, psychological thrillers, or simply appreciate great performances, Big Eyes is a must-watch.
So mark your calendars for July 24th, when Big Eyes starts streaming on Netflix.