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Big Eyes Blu-ray Review

Big Eyes Blu-ray

“Big Eyes” is a return to form for Tim Burton.

After years of remakes and reboots, director Tim Burton has finally returned to doing what he does best- original fare. With “Big Eyes,” the famed filmmaker crafts a biopic about Margaret and Walter Keane’s marriage and working relationship through the 50’s and 60’s.

The film begins with a single mother (Margaret Ulbrich) and her daughter Jane moving to San Francisco. One day, while setting up an art booth in the park, she meets a man (Walter) and soon finds herself falling for this fellow artist. Eventually, Margaret and Walter marry AND both try to become professional artists. This is where the drama comes into play. Since Walter is unable to sell his own work, he pretends that he painted the big eye paintings (which prove to be a hot commodity). While uneasy with the idea of Walter taking credit for her work, Margaret initially goes with it because she knows her husband is an outgoing salesman. Slowly, but surely, however, the lie begins to eat away at her. More than that, Margaret begins to learn that Walter isn’t who he appears to be. What follows is an implosion of their marriage that culminates in a stranger than fiction ending.

While biopics often adhere to a certain formula and structure, “Big Eyes” doesn’t quite follow the same route. The first hour is strong and works as character study about art, sexism, marriage, and societal issues of the past. In the last half hour, however, the story veers into over the top territory even though it is based on true events. Now, I won’t spoil what happens, but let’s just say Walter engages in some truly crazy behavior. How much of this material is true, I do not know, but it almost feels like another movie entirely. With that said, the ending of the film is still entirely fascinating and wild to say the least.

As you have no doubt heard, “Big Eyes” features two incredible performances. Amy Adams, who was shamefully snubbed by the Academy Awards, gives one of the strongest performances of her already illustrious career. This is the type of role an actress dreams about and Adams takes full advantage of it. As for Christoph Waltz’s performance, there’s no denying the fact that he chews the scenery here. The character/real life figure of Walter is almost cartoonish in his actions, but that’s how it was written here. Waltz merely goes to town with what he was given and you can’t blame him for that. Besides, it’s the type of performance that commands your attention. It’s not something you can forget.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? From the colorful paintings to the SF locals, this hi-def transfer does not disappoint.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track perfectly fits this dramatic film.

Extras:
* A Digital HD copy.
* Trailers for other The Weinstein Company titles.
* “The Making of Big Eyes” (21 minutes) contains film clips, interviews, behind-the-scenes clips, and discussions about the story and characters.
* “Q&A Highlights”- Several Q&A’s that feature conversations by Tim Burton, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, producers Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Margaret and Jane Keane, and Amy Adams.

Overall Thoughts: “Big Eyes” is not without its faults, but it’s well worth watching. Give it a rent.

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April 14, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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