Tim Burton returns to the cinemas this year with his latest feature Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. While we have come to enjoy many of Burton’s dark and fantastical worlds, the first trailer for Big Eyes may surprise you. Johnny Depp is no where to be seen, no swirling dark spirals or twisted trees, or even a whimsical Danny Elfman score, just the real world. Watch the trailer after the break.
Based on the true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, one could see why Burton was drawn to the subject matter. Margaret Keane is most recognized for her paintings of children with giant eyes that you could picture in Burton’s animated features. I am really intrigued by this feature as it is unlike anything Burton has done before. It reminds of his earlier work like Edward Scissorhands, but with an even more mature vision and veteran eye behind the camera.
Along with the story of husband vs. artist, I find the world of art depicted here fascinating because it’s at a time when art wasn’t mass produced. If you go to any sort of pop culture convention you can by prints on prints on prints. So seeing how the world was introduced to the idea of selling prints has my attention as well.
Here is the official synopsis for Big Eyes courtesy of The Weinstein Company:
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 of the 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 art was 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.
Directed by Tim Burton, Big Eye stars Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krsten Ritter, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Jon Polito
Big Eyes opens in theaters on December 25, 2014.
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Source: The Weinstein Company