First Trailer for Tim Burton's BIG EYES

It has been seven years since Tim Burton directed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and though that film very much fits in with the directors typical niche it was the last film by Burton I remember really relishing the experience of. Since, he has made the obligatory feeling Alice in Wonderland, the even more obligatory Dark Shadows (which, still, isn't as bad as it was made out to be in my opinion) as well as the feature-length version of Frankenweenie which I found to be, in a word: underwhelming. Burton has been making films well over thirty years now and so we expect a certain amount of pedigree, of class and innovation to his productions yet more than anything he has tread the same waters over and over again lately. With his Oscar-season release this year though it seems the pigeon-holed filmmaker has the opportunity to break away from the stigmas and styles that have plagued his most recent works into being unenthusiastic "Tim Burton Productions". Not only has he recruited Academy favorites Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz to portray real-life figures Margaret and Walter Keane, but almost more importantly he has taken on a very human story, not one of fantastical flights of science fiction or horror, but a grounded, adult drama that centers on the betrayal and delusion that came into the lives of these painters when their own signature style attracted fame. Hey! Maybe Burton felt a certain spiritual connection with these artists and will be telling his own story here as well. Serious introspection? All the more reason to be excited. Big Eyes also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston and opens on December 25th.


Synopsis: 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.