Big Eyes - 2014
The film follows events of the lives of painter Margaret Keane and her narcissistic husband Walter who took total credit for her work. I read the real events of the Keanes and even though there are embellishments to entertain, the meat and potatoes are there. The movie is beautifully shot and has seasoning of Burton's signature style without beating you over the head, which is when he's at his best. Shots of the "cookie cutter" suburbs are reminiscent of Edward Scissorhands and 1950s Beatnik San Francisco made me think of what Ed Wood would experience had he side stepped into technicolor. Of course there's the Danny Elfman score that jumps between Margaret's despair, hip 50s Beatnik jazz and Hawaiian standards from the islands Margaret considers paradise. No doubt Christoph Waltz (Walter Keane) deserves in the least a nod for his role this awards season. I've seen some reviews that criticize his performance for not being "abusive" enough but he's such an egotistical douche bag you can't help but laugh at his pathetic used car bullshit at the end when Margaret gets her revenge. Amy Adams once again proves she's one of the top actresses in Hollywood. Sadly though her triumphs only come at the end of the film while she doubles as nothing more than a punching bag for the first 2 acts. This movie easily ranks up there with Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice and Batman. It doesn't hit masterwork status of Ed Wood or Big Fish, which are amongst Burton's best.
Rating 3 out of 4 stars. - Chris Tarride