ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

An amazing breath of fresh air from Tim Burton, that relies on a world full of color and eye candy, rather than a film full of black and white. The film is about a woman named Margaret (Amy Adams), who after a separation from her first husband, moves to San Francisco for a fresh start with her young daughter Jane and her art. After getting a job painting furniture, Margaret goes to art set-ups in an effort to make it as an artist, where she meets a man named Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter presents himself as struggling artist who becomes instantly smitten with Margarets art, as well as Margaret. Margaret's art is of children with abnormally big eyes, which Margaret describes as windows to the soul. After Walter and Margaret get married, Margaret's art get recognition, and Walter proclaims himself to be the artist. Margaret for the next ten years is left with an internal struggle between staying true herself as a mother and artist, and crook of a husband. Tim Burton truly has outdone himself with this film by separating himself from his usual style of gothic tones, and filled this film with amazing color, and lush scenery for the background in almost every scene. Amazing on-screen chemistry between Waltz and Adams that shows how a marriage can start out with such promise, but can slowly decline because of dishonesty and greed. The only complaint I have about this film is that is was a bit slow paced, and could have picked up the the pace when Walter's true colors were shown. Wonderful film, a true recommendation for any Tim Burton fan.


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