Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Big Eyes

Yesterday, after I watched Into the Woods, I watched another movie, which is Big Eyes.  The main reason why I want to watch this movie was because of Tim Burton.  I don't even bother to look up about the plot, I just want to watch because of Tim Burton.  Hahaha.  But, I did eventually watched the trailer and got the idea of the plot before I watched it yesterday.  This movie is based on a true story.  It's about the life of Walter and Margaret Keane.  Margaret Keane painted Big Eyes paintings but Walter Keane took full credit of it.  The story is quite simple, from fear, and insecurity, she allows her then-husband to take credit for all of her hard work, but one day, she found the courage to fight for her rights as the true artist of those paintings.  The event that took place around the 60s, really showed how the community was back then where everything that the husband did was considered "for the better life of the family" and the wife should be grateful and just suck it up and accept it even though in truth, she felt miserable.

From the film point of view, there are some moments in the movie where it felt a little draggy, however Tim Burton always manage to pick up the pace, which balance everything out.  I think Amy Adams did a great job in portraying Margaret Keane, same thing to Christoph Waltz in portraying Walter Keane.  Both of them really did bring out the conflicted emotions between the characters.  I like how Christoph Waltz can pull off a smile that makes you want to slap his face for being a jerk to Margaret Keane.  Hahahaha.  The music this time is by Danny Elfman, which is a bonus for me because I love it when he scores for Tim Burton's films.  The music is nice, I like how the music seems to fit into the mood of the Big Eyes paintings as well as the time period of the movie.  It might not be my favourite from Danny Elfman for Tim Burton's films, but it still helps with the tone and mood of the movie.  

It is a shame that this movie is not well received here in Malaysia.  Very few cinemas here actually showed this movie.  Again, I'm thankful to Golden Screen Cinemas for airing this movie.  I will definitely recommend people to watch it, but for those in KL might need to go to Tropicana City Mall to watch this movie because as far as I've checked, that is the only GSC that plays this movie at the moment.  I'm not sure about different states, you just have to check online.  Since I watched this movie in the same day as I watched Into the Woods, all I can say is that Big Eyes is great but underrated while Into the Woods is okay but overrated.  If I am to rate Big Eyes from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this movie a 7.5 :)

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