Big Eyes Wednesday, 19 June 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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

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

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

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

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    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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