The Movie Snob submits his last review of 2014.
Big Eyes (B). Director Tim Burton (Corpse Bride) delivers perhaps his most normal movie to date—although the people at the center of Big Eyes are anything but normal. Indeed, this based-on-a-true-story movie reminded me a little of The Informant!, which left me thinking, “Did people really do these crazy things? Really?” This the story of Margaret and Walter Keane, who met in late 1950s San Francisco and got married. Margaret (Amy Adams, The Fighter) was an amateur painter who liked to paint pictures of small children with unusually large eyes. Walter (Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained), a slick promoter, makes Margaret’s paintings famous, and eventually the paintings make them rich. The problem is that Walter is a compulsive liar and tells everyone that they’re his paintings. Why did Margaret go along with the sham? And why did she stay with Walter, who is portrayed in the film as pretty seriously unhinged? The movie doesn’t really get at the answers to those questions, probably because there are no good answers. There are a few recognizable actors in small roles (Danny Huston, Wrath of the Titans; Jason Schwartzman, Moonrise Kingdom), but it is Adams and Waltz’s movie. I enjoyed it, and I’ll be curious to see if the Academy shows Adams and Waltz some love for their solid performances.