Film about the famous Big Eyes pictures by Margaret Keane and the deception she became embroiled in when her husband Walter took credit for her art. Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.
This film could be described as a feminist film in many ways. Not least of all, it shows how Margaret Keane struggled in a man’s world where people looked down on her for her efforts in trying to find a job to support herself and her daughter in 1950s America. The art she paints only becomes successful when Walter claims authorship for the works.
A superb job done by all the cast – especially by Christoph Waltz. You can only watch in weariness and horror as his character becomes so poisoned towards Margaret and her success – a success he cannot have without blagging that he painted the art she created unknown to everyone else.
While the acting was good, I don’t know whether I’d actively recommend the film to others, unless you are into the Big Eyes paintings. My sister recommended the film because she likes Christoph Waltz’s acting. Aside from that, I don’t know why you’d actively seek this film out because it serves as more of a docudrama movie with feminist elements.
MY RATING: **.5 / *****