Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Burton|
|Produced by||Tim Burton
|Written by||Scott Alexander
|Music by||Danny Elfman|
|Edited by||JC Bond|
Electric City Entertainment
Tim Burton Productions
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Box office||$20.9 million|
Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Tim Burton, and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The film focuses on American artist Margaret Keane (Adams), whose work was fraudulently claimed in the 1950s and 1960s by her then-husband, Walter Keane (Waltz), and their heated divorce trial after Margaret accused Walter of stealing credit for her paintings.
The film had its world premiere in New York City on December 15, 2014. It was released theatrically on December 25, 2014, in the United States by The Weinstein Company. The film was met with positive reviews and was nominated for three Golden Globes, with Adams winning Best Actress.
Artist Margaret Keane's paintings of large-eyed waifs became phenomenally successful in the 1950s, but she received no recognition for it. Her husband, Walter Keane, claiming to be the artist, became a national celebrity and talk-show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of inexpensive prints. Using his marketing savvy, he sold the prints cheaply in such venues as hardware stores and gas stations across the United States. Margaret generated the paintings from a locked room in their home, with Walter's contribution being his signature added to the bottom. The ruse ended their marriage, and when Margaret made it known she had created the paintings, the couple engaged in a court battle to determine proper credit.
Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski negotiated over the life rights with Margaret Keane and wrote Big Eyes as a spec script. In October 2007, it was announced that development was moving forward with Alexander and Karaszewski directing their script and nightclub operator Andrew Meieran fully financing an under-$20 million budget through his Bureau of Moving Pictures banner. Kate Hudson and Thomas Haden Church were set to star, and filming was to begin in June 2008, but was pushed back over prospects from a new Screen Actors Guild contract.
In September 2010, it was announced that Tim Burton had also become involved as producer for the film, and principal photography was scheduled to start in April 2012 with Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds attached to star. By 2013, Burton had taken over directing reins and Big Eyes was set up at The Weinstein Company with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz starring. Filming began in July 2013.
Big Eyes has received positive reviews, particularly for Waltz and Adams' performances, the script and Burton's direction. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 70%, based on 145 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Well-acted, thought-provoking and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|Award||Date of Ceremony||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|British Academy Film Awards||February 8, 2015||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Amy Adams||Pending|||
|Best Production Design||Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau||Pending|
|Casting Society of America||January 22, 2015||Studio or Independent Comedy||Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera, Coreen Mayrs, Heike Brandstatter||Nominated|||
|Critic's Choice Awards||January 15, 2015||Best Song||Lana Del Rey for "Big Eyes"||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||January 11, 2015||Best Actor – Comedy or Musical||Christoph Waltz||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Comedy or Musical||Amy Adams||Won|
|Best Original Song||Lana Del Rey for "Big Eyes"||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||February 21, 2015||Best Screenplay||Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski||Pending|||
|Big Eyes: Music From the Original Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||December 23, 2014|
|Singles from Big Eyes: Music From the Original Motion Picture|
It was reported in November 2014 that singer Lana Del Rey would contribute with two original songs to the soundtrack. The songs "Big Eyes" and "I Can Fly", which Lana Del Rey wrote and performed, were leaked in December 2014; the soundtrack album and both songs were officially released on December 23, 2014.
- Track listing
|1.||"Big Eyes"||Lana Del Rey||4:41|
|2.||"Bludan"||Cast of Big Eyes||3:15|
|3.||"Doxy"||Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins||4:55|
|4.||"Hey Now"||The Red Garland Trio||3:41|
|5.||"Tropicville"||Cast of Big Eyes||3:10|
|6.||"Rik-A-Tik"||The Lively Ones||3:02|
|7.||"A Minor Goof"||Cal Tjader||3:54|
|8.||"I Can Fly"||Lana Del Rey||5:48|
|10.||"Who's the Artist?"||Danny Elfman||2:56|
|14.||"End Credits"||Danny Elfman||1:12|
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