Could Big Eyes be Tim Burton’s saving grace? After a litany of whimsical, fantastical films, Burton’s next film could be the grounded, real film that Burton fans may have waited years for. Based on a true story, Big Eyes stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Walter and Margaret Keane. The titular “big eyes” are a reference to the mass-produced paintings from the early ’60s featuring small girls with huge, anime-like eyes. They became a hit and drove Walter Keane to stardom. However, over time, it turns out that Margaret herself was the artist, not Walter, following a lawsuit that resulted in Margaret being awarded a large sum of money.
It seems like much of Burton’s iconic tropes are missing from the film, which could be a good thing. At the same time, the trailer plays like mostly any other biopic/drama. Could Burton’s creativity been stifled? Is that supposed stifling necessarily a bad thing? I’m not sure, but I do know one thing – I can’t wait to see Big Eyes when it comes to theaters this December.