The new trailer for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes looks...good? I mean, we were kind of hopeful when he signed on as director and recast the leads, but I thought we were just being polite and not pre-judging or something. But this trailer looks like it could be a bona fide decent movie, if a little Oscar-baity. But hell, Oscar-bait formula would be a massive step up for Burton at this point. His repertory cast of walk-on players seem mostly absent, replaced with faces like Jason Schwartzman and Krysten Ritter, and visually Burton seems to have returned to the real world for the first time since 2003’s Big Fish.
Big Eyes is the stranger-than-fiction true story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz), a creepy sort who got rich and famous passing off the missus’ paintings as his own. When she divorced his ass in 1965, two decades of legals battles over the authorship of the hugely popular “big eyes” paintings ended with a paint-off in a courtroom. It’s a hell of a story and, God help me, this trailer makes me want to see a Tim Burton film again. Don't hurt me again, Tim.
Big Eyes opens on Christmas Day.