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Big Eyes

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09 Jan, 2015 1 hr 46 mins U
Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terence Stamp
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The film is largely compelling and touches upon many aspects about the dynamics of a couple’s love, along with the lengths and limits of tolerance one can have for the other.
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Story: Margaret Keane (Adams) has a gift for creating paintings that are evocatively and hauntingly beautiful. However, so buried is she in her art that she does not know how to market her creations. Enter Walter (Waltz), who not only charms and marries Margaret but also make millions off her work.

Review: The story begins in the 1950s. Beat poets and artists abound before the psychedelic explosion of the 1960s. Margaret is a freewheeling artist and has no sense of taking care of business, finance and how to value her work in money terms. Her life revolves around her art, and her only confidant in matters of life, love and more is her friend DeeAnn (Ritter). Margaret raises a daughter by herself as she is a divorcee. She is also desperate for work.

And even so, she takes refuge in her paintings, all of which are characterised by portraits of all kinds of people, with larger-than-life eyes.

The movie essentially revolves around Margaret and Walter. As a fellow artist who also makes his living by selling paintings, he meets Margaret by chance at a local fair. He sells his works for $35 while the un-savvy Margaret is willing to paint a portrait for $2. Walter, obviously a better salesman than a painter, knows he is no match for her artistically but he knows a good catch when he sees one. He soon charms and marries her and then passes off her paintings under his own name along with smiley-face salesmanship to make big bucks. It is essentially plagiarism disguised by a veneer of love and it is only a matter of time before Margaret takes off the rose tinted glasses and sees things as they really are.

Adams' Margaret is yielding at first but gradually, her righteous indignation takes over. Waltz plays the consummate scoundrel, a wolf in sheep's clothing, with ease. The film is largely compelling and touches upon many aspects about the dynamics of a couple's love, along with the lengths and limits of tolerance one can have for the other.
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