Big Eyes

Big Eyes

DVD - 2015
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Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Anchor Bay Entertainment,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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gingin1972
Mar 09, 2017

Average rated movie!

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ScorchingSun
Mar 07, 2017

Whimsical and charming, with a deep side showing how unfair and hurtful, gender discrimination can be.
A delightful, Joker-like, perhaps over-the top performance from Christoph Waltz.

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BridgettM
Dec 08, 2016

Big Eyes isn't the best movie Tim Burton has directed, but I don't think it's his worst either. It is worth seeing once, especially if you have an interest in art and/or remember Margaret Keane's once ubiquitous prints of large-eyed children. The movie is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language.

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Gizmo_Joe
Oct 02, 2016

It would be a total understatement to say that "Big Eyes" could have been a whole lot better.

It would also be another total understatement to say that director Tim Burton really botched this picture up.

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KevinDuJan
Aug 31, 2016

This is a tough movie to review. Was it bad? No. Was it great? Also, no. I'm glad I watched it but I don't think I would have been happy if I had paid to see it. This is like a TV movie of the week from the 1980s. It could have made a really great Lifetime or Hallmark channel movie. I feel like Tim Burton lost a bet or needed money to redo his kitchen so he slapped Big Eyes together and called it a day. The story is really interesting, in that this talented woman allowed her husband to take credit for her work. I am old enough to remember these creepy paintings still being in people's houses on the walls up through the late 1980s. It was nice learning about where these things came from and why they were popular for a while. What I think Big Eyes fails at is giving us any real sense of why Margaret Keane allowed her husband to dominate her the way that he did. She's still alive. She should have been consulted, with someone asking her to help with the script. The movie could have used a scene or two where she was sitting down with her friend and telling the friend exactly what she was thinking and why she did all this, just so that we the audience would know. The movie just sort of ends and doesn't really say much about what happened later. I looked it up online and Margaret is still painting as of 2016 and has a website. Her style has evolved a little and now she paints human heads onto the stems of flowers and plants. She is talented but there does not seem to be a big demand for the human/plant chimeras she's into these days. This would have made a great Lifetime movie. They would have had so much fun with the story, instead of the movie being so dull the way that Tim Burton made it.

Aka_Aka_Aka Aug 26, 2016

Let's face it - Big Eyes was a perfect example of a movie that was a bad idea to begin with. I mean, the whole story between Margaret and Walter Keane was not all that intriguing, anyway.

Like, don't artists take credit for another's work all the time? So, what makes this particular case so special? I honestly don't think that Margaret Keane was a very good artist to begin with. All she did was paint "Big Eyes" pictures and nothing else of any significance.

And, finally - I thought that the leads in this film both gave terrible performances (seeming to come from opposite ends of the spectrum). To me, Amy Adams was a completely blank slate - dull, quiet, lacking range. And, then there was Christoph Waltz - A live-action Looney Tune - goofy, campy, and over-the-top.

No. Neither performance was any good.

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firefly5
Jul 16, 2016

Interesting! I thought Walter Keane was overplayed and ridiculous.

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samsis
Jul 03, 2016

Had potential, Amy Adams, Director Tim Burton, but story just fizzles out and you just want the film to be OVER. Very disappointing. The acting was good, just wasn't entertaining.

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blue_rabbit_1950
Jun 27, 2016

Great Movie!

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Je3000
Jun 26, 2016

A good movie.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2015

Margaret: ... You are... very talented at being charming. And you are a genius at sales and promotion.
Walter: Hm! It sounds like you've described two different men. Hmm. One a sadistic ogre, and the other one a delightful bon vivant.
Margaret: Well, that's you, Walter. You're Jekyll and Hyde.
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Judge: We can stay here until we grow old and die, but it's obvious that this case boils down to your word versus Mrs. Keane's word.
Walter: Mistrial.
Judge: No, it's not a mistrial! In my opinion, there's only one way to clear this thing up. You're both going to ...

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jimg2000
May 02, 2015

Walter: It's the craziest thing. I started charging for the posters. First a nickel, then a dime...Yes, Maggie! It's cuckoo! But then it got me thinking. Would you rather sell one $500 painting or a million cheaply reproduced posters? See, folks don't care if it's a copy. They just want art that touches them. Then we could sell it anywhere. Everywhere!
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Walter: Warhol's like me. That fruit fly stole my act.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2015

Banducci: Walter, we made the front page. People are here because they wanna see the sappy paintings that made grown men fight.
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Walter: Oh, honey, I just want to share them (Big Eyes) with the world. Would you rather have your children piled in a closet, or hanging in someone's living room?
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Priest: It sounds as if your husband is trying to make the best of an imperfect situation. You were raised Christian, you know what we are taught: The man is head of the household. Perhaps you should...trust his judgment.

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jimg2000
May 02, 2015

The '50s were a grand time,
if you were a man. I'm Dick Nolan. I make things up for a living. I'm a reporter. It's the strangest godd-n story that I ever covered. It started the day that Margaret Ulbrich walked out on her suffocating husband, long before it became the fashionable thing to do.
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Ruben: I say no. It's not art (concerning the Big Eye works.)
Walter: It's not art?
Ruben: It's like the back of a magazine. You know, "Draw the turtle!" "Send in a nickel, win the big contest!"
Walter: How dare you! Lots of people will like this.
Ruben: Well, nobody who's walking through the doors of this gallery. Now, please, clear out the clutter before the taste police arrive.
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Walter: We'll never break in! There's a secret society of gallery owners and critics who get together for Sunday brunch in Sausalito deciding what's "cool." Like McCarthy, in his hearings: "I anoint that painter. I banish that painter to Nowheresville."

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Aug 27, 2015

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