When most people under 30 think of Tim Burton, they think of remakes, adaptations, and CGI laden Disney films. Believe it or not, there was a time where he made great, original films with excellent stories and tremendous casts. Beetlejuice, Edward Scisssorhands, Peewee’s Big Adventure, even Big Fish… that’s the type of movie that helped Tim Burton become the powerhouse that he is today.
Now, for the first time since 2003’s Big Fish release, he’s coming out with a new, real movie, Big Eyes. The film stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in the true story of a man who became famous in the 1950s for claiming his wife’s paintings as his own.
The trailer has the feel of a classic Tim Burton film. Even better, there’s no sign of Helena Bonham Carter anywhere. Just because you marry someone doesn’t mean you have to put them in every single movie you make.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. BIG EYES centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.