Big Eyes Sunday, 22 September 2019

Big Eyes

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The eyes have it.

  • Starring:

    Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp, Jon Polito

  • Directed by:

    Tim Burton

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Domestic violence: emotional, verbal and physical abuse. People are wrestled, punched, shoved, pushed against a wall, threatened, tormented, almost set alight, near-stabbed. Object broken over man's head. Objects broken, smashed glass. Arson, fraud, blackmail. Arguing, screaming, shouting. Vague reference to paedophilia (obsession with little girls). World War II, starving orphans mentioned. Blood/gore: Surgery mentioned.


    Kissing, flirting, hand-holding. Reference to sex/infidelity. 1950s bathing suits/bikinis, cleavage, skimpy clothing. Vague reference to paedophilia (obsession with little girls).


    Alcohol (wine, cocktails, spirits, champagne). Alcoholism implied. Smoking (cigarettes). Cat depicted smoking in painting. Reefer, pain medication mentioned.


    F-word, s-words, sonofab*tch. Name-calling. Racist remarks. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.


    Domestic violence, exploitation, marriage, art, child custody, betrayal, truth, justice, sexism, discrimination, compulsive lying, lawsuits, libel, slander, numerology, publicity, critics, entrepeneurship.


    Divorce, separation, secret child from previous relationship. Hallucinations. Brief Italian language (no subtitles). Based on true events.


    Delightful, light, moving, human, nimble, bemused, warm, colourful, gorgeous, crowd-pleasing, good, entertaining, fascinating, well-intentioned, Burton-esque. Affecting/vulnerable performance from Amy Adams, stranger-than-fiction story, beautifully shot by Bruno Delbonnel, lush imagery, realistic setting, vivid period detailing, technically proficient.


    Flawed, bland, pedestrian, shallow, humdrum, paint-by-numbers, downplayed. Uneven tone, lacks depth, obvious storytelling, fails to explore the questions it raises, Christoph Waltz's cartoonish portrayal wears thin, obvious narration, on-the-nose dialogue, shiftless direction.

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