- Directed by: Tim Burton
- Cast: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp
- UK release: 26 December 2014
Biopic of Margaret Keane (Adams), whose paintings of women and children with oversized eyes became all the rage in the 60s – except that husband Walter (Waltz) took all the credit. Adams is superb but despite thoughtful touches, the treatment of her character's psychological abuse is unsatisfying.
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In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that Walter is passing off her work as his own, she is too meek to protest too loudly. It isn't until the Keanes' marriage comes to an end and a lawsuit follows that the truth finally comes to light
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Reviews & features
Big Eyes22 Dec 2014
Fascinating if slightly flimsy biopic of painter Margaret Keane from Tim Burton
Amy Adams turns in a superb performance as artist Margaret Keane in this biopic from Tim Burton that tells the stranger-than-fiction tale of the time when her husband Walter took credit for her paintings, fooling the art world for many years. When…
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